Before veteran defensive back Charles Woodson returned to the Raiders, he visited with the Broncos. And that got the attention of current starting safety Mike Adams.
Even with Woodson not joining the Broncos, Adams is uncertain about what the short-term future may hold.
“As a competitor, it all weighs in the back of your mind,” Adams recently said, via Mike Klis of the Denver Post. “What’s going to happen next? What’s going to happen to me next? Because you never know what they’re thinking upstairs. At the end of the day, my thought was, ‘Let’s go compete.'”
Adams knows a thing or two about competition.
“I came in ’04 as an undrafted free agent,” Adams said. “How many people did you think I had to beat out as rookie to make the roster? I never had it where I walked into a job. Never in my whole career.”
While Adams wasn’t involved in the blown coverage and mistimed jump that allowed the Ravens to tie up the AFC divisional-round playoff game that Baltimore would win in double overtime (Adams was playing linebacker in the team’s dime package), he knows that the gaffe sticks to the entire safety unit.
“Sometimes I read things and . . . I thought the safeties played well,” Adams said. “We played well all year. And then one play, all of a sudden the safety spot comes into question. It’s amazing how one play can affect somebody’s career, it can affect how the team’s thinking. It’s amazing how one play can change everybody’s outlook about how they see the next season.”
That’s not, of course, what the Broncos are saying publicly. But the flirtation with Woodson coupled with Adams’ instincts suggests that the Broncos are looking to do something to beef up the last line of defense that failed to keep safe a victory that otherwise would have been in the bag.