As I ensconce myself my home office to sip a glass of heavily sweetened — albeit artificially — Southern-style iced tea and wolf down a late-night peanut butter-and-apricot preserves sandwich on wheat bread, a short blurb about Charlie Adams, a man who keeps finding ways to stick around the Broncos.
Has anyone in the NFL had a weirder two weeks than the former Hofstra Flying Dutchman?
(And before you besiege me with e-mails saying that they are the “Pride” now, they still bore the low-country moniker during at least part of Adams’ playing days. Anyhow …)
Consider that at this time 14 days ago, the wideout was listed as a fifth-teamer on the Broncos’ depth chart. Two days later, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys; a day later, he was sent back, having failed a physical.
“Dallas came and made them an offer and (the Broncos) said they felt it was the best deal for everybody involved — me included,” Adams said Monday.
Importantly, he said those words from deep inside Broncos headquarters while wearing a Broncos visor tilted sideways — a place and a piece of headgear he scarcely expected to be a part of his existence less than a fortnight ago. But Adams did say that Head Coach Mike Shanahan and General Manager Ted Sundquist told him the trade was not a statement that he wasn’t going to be on Broncos’ 53-man roster anyhow.
“They told me that this wasn’t something that was telling me that I wasn’t going to make this team; it was just a situation that arose that they figured everybody could benefit from,” Adams said. “That’s the way it was told to me, and it seems that they were telling the truth.”
Nevertheless, he remains a tad flabbergasted at how matters transpired.
“I’m definitely surprised,” Adams said. “It’s definitely the strangest training camp I’ve had out of five, so it’s an odd situation, but I’m here, and I’m trying to get on the field.”
He figured that quest would have him somewhere in the NFL at this point; being out of a job by Labor Day was not in his plans.
“I didn’t think I’d be out of football. I definitely didn’t know what my future was as far as the Broncos were concerned, but I just rode with it.,” he said. “In this line of work, you don’t really get to call too many shots, so you just kind of go along for the ride and try to make the best out of whatever situation is in front of you.”
Right now, that’s at Dove Valley.
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