Indianapolis Colts safety Mike Adams will be headed to this year’s Pro Bowl according to Pro Football Talk. Adams was one of the first alternates and will be taking the place of Earl Thomas who bows out due to his obligations to the Seahawks and their Super Bowl trip.
The Colts signed Adams to a one year deal and it paid off in a big way. Adams was originally seen as a quality backup at safety but he earned the starting spot as was the lone bright point at the position.
Adams was tied for third in the NFL in interceptions with five and added two fumble recoveries. Those numbers tied him with Lions safety Glover Quin for most takeaways in the league.
He was credited with 88 tackles this season and 15 stops. Pro Football Focus graded Adams with the second highest grade on the Colts defense behind Vontae Davis.
Adams will be 34 before next season and the Colts will have to seriously consider re-signing him in the offseason. If comes down to him or LaRon Landry, he should win out every time.
Adams was disappointed in the loss on Sunday, but proud to be with the Colts. He took to his Instagram account to give a message to Colts fans:
"Through all the adversity our team faced this year, we stuck together. I am so proud of that locker room & coaching staff! Just wish the outcome was different. Hopefully I will be back a COLT to help finish what we started! So right now, I’m back on the grind!#tunnelvision #nostruggle #noprogress #ColtsNation#teamadams"
In final season locker room interviews, Adams was asked if he’d be back next season.
“I just got to prepare like I’ll be here,” Adams told reporters. “I’ll prepare like I know I’m going to play next season. I take it one season at a time and its sad to go out this way.”
This is the part I hate. When you see all these black garbage bags all around the place (Colt’s locker room). That’s the nature of the beast.
Adams certainly sounds like he wants to remain with the Colts as the interview continued.
“I had a ball (this season),” Adams said. “Got a chance to meet me some new people and some new media people! I met some great people here, I had fun, we made it far.”
“Its a step closer to where I was last year, but its a positive and the Colts definitely moved in the right direction. Hopefully I’ll be back to finish the deal.”
Adams played with the Denver Broncos in 2013 when they lost in the Super Bowl.
Hopefully the Colts will pick up Adams for next season, but for now he will get a consolation prize in the form of a Pro Bowl slot.