Schon: Adams Flip - Flop

Following a voided trade with the Dallas Cowboys, wide receiver Charlie Adams returns to Denver in hopes of securing a roster spot on an overly crowded depth chart. Don't count him out just yet.

It's got to be a strange feeling.

You bust yourself for weeks trying to find a roster spot on a team filled with talent, only to find yourself traded just days before training camp officially comes to an end.

Ok, so you accept the reality, pack your bags and head to Dallas, hoping to make a new start with a team that you might actually have a shot of making - but wait, suddenly the Cowboys announce that you failed their physical and the trade is now void, so you're shipped back to the only NFL team that you've ever played for – knowing full well they were more than willing to let you go at the drop of a hat.

Welcome to the world of Denver Broncos wide receiver Charlie Adams.

While the trade apparently caught Adams by surprise, the failed physical came as an even bigger shock.

"I was very surprised," Adams told reporters following last night's 35-10 win over Tennessee.

"I thought it was something they spoke to the doctor's here about and spoke to (Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos) about and it was something they had a grasp on and knew the situation. Obviously they didn't and it was something that surprised them when they saw it."

While he wouldn't elaborate on exactly what the problem was, he did show optimism about returning as the fifth receiver in an already crowded Broncos depth chart.

"Hopefully I can show them something here in the next couple of weeks to make them want to keep me," Adams said. "I appreciate the opportunity they gave me in letting me go but the doctor's down there saw it a different way and put a stop to it."


Throughout his career with the Broncos, Adams has been released and re-signed four different times, bouncing on and off the practice squad. During 2003 – 2004 he saw action in four regular season games, mostly on special teams play before moving into the regular rotation in 2005, where he enjoyed his best year as a pro, bringing down 21 receptions for 203 yards and no touchdowns, while adding another133-yards on sixteen punt returns and 218-yards on ten kickoff runbacks.

Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past ten years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio stations around the country.

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