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Sunday, January 17, 2010
Remembering former Bucs DE Adams

By Pat Yasinskas

Just heard some very sad news as I drove home from the airport. Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams has died.

I don’t know many details. Adams was drafted with the fourth overall pick in 2007 by the Bucs and expectations were high because this was a very talented kid. But Adams never really prospered with the Bucs, and they gave up on him October, when they traded him to the Bears.

I thought Adams might be ready to turn the corner when I sat down with him for this column in May. At that point, Adams was talking about how he had gotten stronger and had been working on pass-rush moves. He also was excited about Tampa Bay’s changes on the coaching staff and was very optimistic.

I won’t claim that I really knew Adams, but he seemed like a nice, respectful person when I did that interview. It’s sad that his life ended too soon.