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The Bear’s Den: January 26, 2017 - Should Chicago Re-Up OT Mike Adams

Is Adams the answer at swing tackle in Chicago?

Chicago Bears v Dallas Cowboys
Mike Adams & Zeke Elliot
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The Den will be taking a look at one of the Chicago Bears' 2017 unrestricted free agents (UFA's) and restricted free agents (RFA's) each day until we have knocked out the list.

I will be talking about the player, whether I personally would sign the player and to what contract, and what my best guess the Bears will do with him. Today’s Free Agent is backup offensive tackle Mike Adams.

Adams played in 12 games this season for Chicago, starting 1. Chicago signed him in August and he made the team as a swing tackle, replacing Nick Becton.

According to Lester Wiltfong Jr.’s Sackwatch, Adams had a rough year in limited play, allowing 2.5 sacks (as identified by Lester).

From his bio on the Chicago Bears Website: Adams has started 20-of-41 career contests over three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2012-14). In 2014, he was part of an offensive line that paved the way for the NFL's second leading rusher (Le'Veon Bell - 1,361 yards). The Ohio State alum originally joined the Steelers as a second round pick (56th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Adams missed the entire 2015 season due to a back injury.

Do I want Adams back? Absolutely not. He was beaten like a drum. Ideally I would like to see some serious challengers for both offensive tackle positions to push Charles Leno and Bobbie Massie, with the best of the players winning and the next up being swing tackle. We can do better than Adams.

Do I think the Bears want Adams back? Only as a camp body, at best.



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