The Eagles agreed to terms with veteran safety Andrew Adams on Thursday.
The 28-year-old Adams was a member of the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. A key special teams player, Adams' experience proved vital in the NFC Championship Game win over the Green Bay Packers. Thrust into action on defense due to injury, Adams played 36 snaps and notched three tackles.
Adams' addition is important because Rodney McLeod is coming off a season-ending knee injury and Jalen Mills reportedly agreed to terms with the New England Patriots. K'Von Wallace enters his second season and Marcus Epps started five games in his second year with the Eagles. The Eagles have other young contenders in the mix, but no one with the experience that Adams brings to the table.
A native of Fayetteville, Georgia, Adams entered the league as a rookie free agent signing of the New York Giants out of UConn in 2016. Despite being released at the end of Training Camp, Adams returned and started 13 games for the Giants, registering 45 tackles, a total he matched in 2019.
For his career, Adams has played in 73 career regular-season games (32 starts). He's amassed 154 tackles, six interceptions, 19 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.
He originally signed with the Bucs in 2018. Against quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers that season, he tied the franchise record with three interceptions in a single game. He spent the 2019 offseason with the Detroit Lions before returning to Tampa Bay.
A couple of other notes about Adams:
• His one cousin is Sam Adams, who won a Super Bowl with the Ravens and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection at defensive tackle.
• Another cousin, Matt Forte, gained nearly 10,000 rushing yards in his 10-year career, mostly with the Chicago Bears. Forte was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and accumulated five 1,000-yard seasons.
• A baseball standout in high school, he committed to play at Furman until UCONN stepped up with a football scholarship.