Former Tiger Signs with Carolina

The Carolina Panthers have signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Keith Adams from the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced Thursday.

Adams, 27, started 16 games for Philadelphia in 2005 and recorded a career-high 101 tackles. He also added 18 special teams tackles after ranking second on the Eagles with 24 special teams tackles in 2004 and leading the team with 30 in 2003.

Originally a seventh-round draft choice by Tennessee in 2001, Adams (5-11, 223 pounds) played his rookie year with Dallas before being claimed off waivers by Philadelphia midway through the 2002 campaign.

In five NFL seasons, he has played in 67 regular season games with 23 starts and has posted 185 tackles, three passes defensed, and three forced fumbles.

At Clemson, he was one of the most prolific linebackers in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) history. As a junior, he was named first team All-American by the Sporting News, the Football News, the Gannett News Service and the Associated Press. He was also one of three finalists for the Butkus (linebacker) and Bednarik Awards (Defensive Player of the Year), and one of five finalists for Football News Defensive Player of the year.

He finished his last year at Clemson with 148 total tackles and seven sacks. Adams led the nation and set school records for both tackles (186) and tackles for a loss (35) as a sophomore.

Keith Adams forces a fumble in this game against Virginia (1999). Top Stories