Mike Adams won’t return to Panthers
Carolina Panthers safety Mike Adams took to Instagram on Monday to announce that he will not be returning to the Panthers next season:
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I Appreciate the @panthers for the opportunity the last 2 years. I was told the Panthers are going in another direction. This great city and organization showed me nothing but love while I was here! I have a lot more ball left so I plan on playing this year! I just hope the young boys have learned as much from me as I did from them! 2-9 OUT! #KeepPounding #15
Adams is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played in all 16 games, registering 75 tackles, three interceptions and six passes defended. He spent two years in Carolina overall, and in his first year with the club in 2017, he appeared in all 16 contests and finished with 69 tackles, two picks, a couple of forced fumbles, a pair of fumble recoveries and 10 passes defended.
The 37-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Delaware, went undrafted but ended up landing with the San Francisco 49ers in 2004.
He spent the first three years of his career with the 49ers, making 18 starts. Adams then proceeded to join the Cleveland Browns, where he would go on to play five seasons.
He finally became a full-time starter during his last year with the Browns in 2011, totaling 64 stops, three interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and six passes defended.
The Paterson, N.J. native then landed with the Denver Broncos for two years before signing with the Indianapolis Colts, which was where Adams had the most productive stretch of his career.
Adams made two Pro Bowls in three seasons with the Colts, with his best year coming in 2014 when he racked up 106 tackles, five picks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 10 passes defended.
He then made his second trip to Honolulu the following season when he posted 75 tackles, a sack, five interceptions, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown.