It didn’t take free agent safety Mike Adams very long to decide Denver was the place for him.
“It is a great fit for me,” he said Thursday. “The atmosphere is good and it felt right. I didn’t have to take any more (visits), it just felt right.”
He laughed that the 70-degree weather didn’t hurt, especially coming from Cleveland.
But most of all, he appreciated the warmth he felt from everyone he met on the visit, from Owner/CEO Pat Bowlen to Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway to Head Coach John Fox.
“I knew of Fox when he was with the Giants,” Adams said. “I was born and raised in Paterson, NJ, and I heard nothing but good things about him. Even when he went to Carolina – nothing but good things about him. It was proven once we all met today and it was a no-brainer to not take any more visits and just stay here.”
Adams said he met “basically everybody in the whole facility” as he took a tour around Broncos headquarters, enjoying his meetings with his position coaches and Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio.
“Coach Jack Del Rio – he played the game 11 years, so he knows and he understands what defensive players go through, when he needs to back off or when he needs to push guys,” he said. “As a player, that’s what you want. You want a coach that really understands. (Fox and Del Rio) definitely do.”
Adams spent the last five seasons in Cleveland, starting all 16 games for the Browns in 2011, leading the team with three interceptions while accumulating 61 tackles six passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The ninth-year safety said he played some cornerback for the Browns as well, in addition to the nickel corner and dime corner positions.
“I’m not the typical 215-pound, 220-pound safety,” he explained. “I’m a 200-pound, versatile safety that can add flexibility to the defense. I think that’s one of the things that attracted Coach Fox and Coach Jack to me, the fact that I can be flexible.”
While Adams said he and the Broncos haven’t gone into details about his role on the defense next year, he knows part of his job description already.
“(Being a mentor) is part of it — that’s part of my job being in the league going on nine years,” he said. “Whatever knowledge I have, I’m definitely going to give it to Rahim (Moore) and ‘Q’ (Quinton Carter). I’m going to give it to both of them and try to help them out as much as possible so they can be successful in this league.”
So now that Adams is going from orange to orange and blue, what can Broncos Country expect to see from the team’s newest addition?
“They can expect a lot of enthusiasm, for me to go hard every play,” Adams said. “They can expect us as a defense playing together. That’s what the Broncos fans can expect.”