Michael Carl Adams (born March 24, 1981) is an American football safety for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL).[3] He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at Delaware.

Adams has also played for the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos.



Early years

Adams was born in Paterson, New Jersey. A native of Wayne, New Jersey, Adams attended Passaic Tech High School in Wayne, where he helped guide his team to the New Jersey Group 4 state title in 1998.[4] Adams attended Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, New Jersey before going on to the University of Delaware. At Delaware, he played 43 times with 23 starts. During his college career he made 213 tackles and 11 interceptions. He earned second-team All-Atlantic 10 honors as a senior. He was undrafted in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Professional career

San Francisco 49ers

On April 28, 2004, Adams signed with the San Francisco 49ers as a undrafted free agent.[4] Adams was waived by San Francisco on September 4, 2004.[4] Adams signed to the 49ers practice squad on September 6, 2004.[4] Adams was elevated to the San Francisco 49ers active roster on November 13, 2004.[4] Adams spent three seasons in San Francisco, starting in 18 games and recording five interceptions. Following the 2006 season, Adams left San Francisco and signed with the Cleveland Browns.

Cleveland Browns

Adams was signed by the Cleveland Browns as a free agent on April 2, 2007.[4] Adams went on to start in 32 games over a five-year period with the team. During that time, Adams recorded seven interceptions and forced a fumble.[5] Following the 2011 season, Adams became an unrestricted free agent and did not re-sign with the Browns.

Denver Broncos


On March 15, 2012, Adams signed with the Denver Broncos as an unrestricted free agent.[4] After joining the team, Adams chose jersey No. 20—which was previously worn by legendary safety Brian Dawkins before he retired during the 2012 offseason. “Hopefully I make him (Dawkins) proud wearing his number,” Adams stated in May.[6] Heading into the 2012 season, Adams was expected to be one of Denver's two starting safeties this season. Before the start of Super Bowl XLVIII, Adams vowed to walk about 12 miles (19 km) from MetLife Stadium back to his childhood home if the Broncos were to win the Championship.[7] He was released by the Broncos early in May 2014.

Indianapolis Colts

Adams signed with the Indianapolis Colts on June 14, 2014.[8] On December 23, Adams was named as an alternate player for the 2014 Pro Bowl.[9]

On March 10, 2015, Adams re-signed with the Colts on a two-year contract.[10] Adams was named to his second-consecutive Pro Bowl on January 25, 2016, as a replacement for the injured Kam Chancellor.[11]

Career statistics

Regular season

2015Indianapolis Colts13137552231.00656312.63813
2014Indianapolis Colts16168767200.00115244.81002
2013Denver Broncos1676448160.006133.0300
2012Denver Broncos16168060201.0111000.0002
2011Cleveland Browns16166444200.00633311.02901
2010Cleveland Browns152453961.00625125.52600
2009Cleveland Browns1696958111.008000.0000
2008Cleveland Browns145443680.0022189.01800
2007Cleveland Browns150292721.001000.0000
2006San Francisco 49ers1686454100.003000.0000
2005San Francisco 49ers14107457171.0054369.040T11
2004San Francisco 49ers809540.000100.0000

Personal life

Adams was Inducted into the Passaic Tech Hall of Fame in 2009 and had his jersey retired in 2010.[4]