Detroit Lions sign Bucs’ interception leader at safety

The Detroit Lions brought in some more competition at the safety position on Thursday, inking former Buccaneer Andrew Adams to a one-year deal.

When the Detroit Lions drafted safety Tracy Walker in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the move figured to be a warning shot across the bow veteran Glover Quin. Those suspicions were confirmed when the Lions released the 33-year old safety just last month.

On Thursday, Detroit signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Andrew Adams to a one-year deal. That according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Adams was the Bucs’ interception leader in 2018, yet Tampa Bay opted not to tender the restricted free agent.

Undrafted out of Connecticut back in 2016, the 25-year old safety spent his first two seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants. Adams was a 13-game starter for the G-Men his rookie year, racking up 46 tackles, five pass defends and one interception.

Despite being named one of the top rookie safeties by Pro Football Focus, Adams was a primary backup to starter Darian Thompson his second season in New York. Following a coaching change, the young safety was released by the Giants last September.

Adams was picked up later that same month by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And despite getting limited snaps to start the season, his role slowly grew. The Bucs started Adams in their final four games and he performed well. From Week 13 to the end of the season, he posted an impressive 24 total tackles, six pass defends and four interceptions.

Adams’ best game was clearly against the Carolina Panthers last season, when he forced quarterback Cam Newton to throw three picks his way, leading to a 24-17 win for the Buccaneers.

The presence of Andrew Adams figures to add more competition to the safety position in Detroit which now includes names like Tracy Walker, Tavon Wilson, Quandre Diggs, and Miles Killebrew.