NFL Free Agency: Denver Broncos Add Mike Adams to Upgrade Their Secondary

Jason MuckleySenior Analyst IIMarch 15, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 25: Mike Adams #20 of the Cleveland Browns in action against the Philadelphia Eagles during their pre season game on August 25, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Finally, the Denver Broncos have added a major upgrade to their defensive backfield. It was announced by Mike Klis of the Denver Post that the Broncos signed safety Mike Adams to a two-year contract.

Adams was the first free agent the Denver Broncos have signed this offseason.

Mike Adams is an experienced safety who will immediately impact the defense. He started all 16 games last season for the Cleveland Browns and put up some very impressive stats.

He made 64 tackles and had three picks on a Browns' defense which ranked second in the league against opposing passing games. 

He is being brought in to help the Broncos improve in coverage situations, which is a major need for the Denver Broncos. The NFL's high-flying passing teams torched Denver last season. Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady all put up at least 41 points on Denver's defense.

Adams can be considered a "value" signing as far as the Broncos front office is concerned since he is now added to a roster which seems to always be increasing in age. I like an older guy at the safety position, however, because the Broncos other options at safety include two rookies that were drafted last year.

Despite his age, he will be 31 later this month, Adams is considered one of the top safeties in the NFL in coverage. He put up much better stats than some of the younger options that were available such as Brandon Meriweather, Jordan Babineaux, and Dwight Lowery, who are years younger than he is.

Adams looks like a great pickup for the Broncos who can use help, and can use it now.

Adams fits the mold of other leaders on the Broncos defense. He is not a drama queen. He keeps a low profile. But he makes his presence and impact known with his play on the field.

Signing Adams for the Denver Broncos is a major victory.

Now, the Broncos just need to figure out what Brian Dawkins will do. Is he coming back? If not, Adams would love his jersey number. Since he wears #20.