Safety Mike Adams returning to Colts

The 11th-year veteran made his first Pro Bowl last season. He agrees to terms on reported two-year contract Tuesday.

Just a few minutes into NFL free agency, safety Mike Adams tweeted that he’s returning to the Indianapolis Colts.

“It took a minute! But im back like I never left! Still a Colt! #ColtsNation #blue&white #stillgrinding,” read the tweet.

The contract is reportedly for two years, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Colts announced the move about 30 minutes after Adams’ tweet.

Adams, who turns 34 on March 24, had the best season of his 11-year career last year after signing with the Colts in June. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl as an alternate and played in the game.

In 2014, He made a career-high 87 tackles, 67 of them solos, with 11 passes defended, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Adams tied for the league lead with seven turnovers.

Despite being signed late in the offseason cycle, he earned a starting job in training camp and didn’t miss a start all season, 16 games in the regular season and three in the playoffs. He made 19 tackles and had one pass defended in the playoffs.

The Colts still have to address the safety position, so this is just the start.

LaRon Landry was released last month with two years remaining on his contract after failing to live up to his contract. He has since been suspended a second time by the NFL, this time for 10 games, for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Sergio Brown, who started eight games in place of Landry last season, was allowed to become a free agent and reportedly has a new contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Brown played three seasons for the Colts and was their best special-teams performer in covering kicks.

Adams said all along he hoped to return to the Colts. He’s played 162 regular-season games in his career, 89 of them starts, with 629 tackles, five sacks, 59 passes defended, 18 interceptions, six forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries.

He’s played in seven career playoff games, all since 2012, four of them with the Denver Broncos. He’s made 33 tackles with three passes defended in the playoffs.

The only other safeties on the Colts’ roster are Dewey McDonald, used primarily on special teams in his rookie year last season, and Winston Guy Jr., a third-year pro on the Colts’ practice squad in 2014.

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