Live from the 19th hole at the Mike Shanahan Golf Classic, where I unexpectedly found a wireless Internet connection that is functional, if balky …
… As for the news of the day, the Broncos finally got their beefy veteran defensive tackle.
Back in March, the team executed a trade with the Miami Dolphins for Dan Wilkinson, but the 14-year veteran of multiple teams opted not to join the Broncos, rendering the swap null and void. Two and a half months after the deal hit the compost heap, the Broncos got a player at the same position, of nearly the same massive dimensions and with a strikingly similar résumé — 14-year veteran, 1994 first-round pick, peripatetic career.
Sam Adams has donned many jerseys, and the Broncos will be his sixth team. After spending the 1994-99 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, he had a two-year stay in Baltimore, played one season in Oakland, toiled for the Buffalo Bills for three years and then one year — 2006 — with the Cincinnati Bengals. (With a name like “Sam Adams,” it’s surprising he hasn’t been a Patriot.)
At 6-foot-3 and 350 pounds, he can still clog run lanes. At 33 years of age (he turns 34 later this month), he remains durable, having started all 16 games for the Bengals last year, when he notched 25 tackles (12 solo), two sacks for eight yards and a pass defensed. He was also a Pro Bowler as recently as 2004, which represented his third trip to the NFL’s annual all-star game.
The impact of this move on the Broncos’ D-line will bear itself out over the next couple of months. Gerard Warren and Demetrin Veal have been the primary D-tackle tandem throughout team camp so far, with March signee Alvin McKinley rotating in from the second team and rookie Marcus Thomas working his way up from the third unit.
Also worth noting about Adams is that he is already a professional sports team owner. He founded and runs the Everett (Wash.) Hawks of arenafootball2, the Arena Football League’s developmental circuit.