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dirk digler
03-18-2005, 04:28 PM
Another LB bites the dust...


LB Adams Locked And Loaded

March 18, 2005

After a making a pair of free-agent visits, linebacker Keith Adams decided that the best place for him is back in Philadelphia... at least for another year. The reserve linebacker and special teams ace, inked a one-year deal with the team on Friday.

"I had a lot of good feedback from a lot of other teams, but I wanted to be on a championship team with an opportunity to win the Lombardi Trophy," Adams said during a conference call with the local media. "I followed my heart and my heart led to Philadelphia."

Nicknamed "The Bullet" for his speed and intensity, Adams emerged as a valuable asset on defense in 2004 with four starts at weakside linebacker, including the NFC title game and Super Bowl XXXIX. The 5-11, 223-pounder recorded a career-high 54 tackles during the regular season and added 16 tackles in the postseason.

LB Keith Adams
With Nate Wayne and Ike Reese gone, Adams figures to compete with incumbent Mark Simoneau for the starting weakside linebacker job.

"I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to compete for a starting job," Adams said. "I want to go out and show everybody that I'm a starter in this league and I plan on doing that.

"We have good linebackers here and I'm just going to compete as hard as I can and just try to help the team win games."

Starting middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, who inked a five-year deal with Philadelphia earlier this month, is glad to have Adams back in the nest.

"I'm glad to have him back for another year and hopefully longer than that," Trotter said. "I talked to him almost every day throughout this whole process. I told him, 'Listen, I want you here with me, but you have to do what is best for you and your family.' I told him whatever decision he made, I'd be behind him 100 percent."

Adams, very quietly, made the most of his extended playing time in the final two regular season games. He impressed so much that, with Mark Simoneau doubtful for the NFC Championship because of a sprained ankle, Adams earned the start over Wayne, the starter at WILL linebacker before the season.

"I love playing besides a guy like 'Bullet,'" Trotter said of Adams. "He brings a lot of energy. He makes big plays. For his size, he plays the game big. He's the kind of guy you want to play with."

Like Trotter, Adams made a number of free-agent visits. He met with the coaching staffs in both Atlanta and Kansas City and entertained offers from each. But his heart, he says, was in Philadelphia.

LB Keith Adams
"I got a couple contract offers, but Philadelphia is where I wanted to be and we just wanted to work that out with Philadelphia," Adams said. "The type of organization it is from the ground up, the type of players and just the atmosphere it is with the fans in Philadelphia... it's got to be one of the most exciting places to play."

Adams valued the advice from Trotter, who he referred to as a big brother.

"Trotter took less money to be here," Adams said. "We (Adams and Trotter) really feel confident with the type of organization that we're at and we really like the situation that we have and the opportunity to win the championship. We're just really excited about being in Philadelphia, the both of us."

Though he would not say that a long-term deal is in the mix or why he settled on just a one-year deal, Adams says he's optimistic about his long-term future in the City of Brotherly Love.

"I'm just happy to be back here in Philadelphia. It's where my heart has always been," said Adams. "I wanted to come back and I'm just happy that I have the opportunity to play here.

"I'm just excited to be a Philadelphia Eagle. I want to be here for good. It will all work out."

The undersized Adams is considered physical and very quick, a penetrating player against the run. A former middle linebacker in Dallas, he has shown that he can play all the linebacker positions in this scheme.

He has truly come a long way. No longer considered just a fine special teams "bullet," Adams is now an important part of the defense.

A wedge-busting specialist on kickoffs, Adams has been a mainstay on special teams since joining the Eagles in October, 2002. He has posted 72 career special teams tackles, including 24 in 2004.

One of the more underrated players, Adams was a big reason the Eagles' specialty teams were the best in the league in 2003. His career-high 30 special teams tackles that year led the team and was the most by an Eagle in a season since linebacker Marc Woodard posted 31 during the 1994 season.

Adams is fearless, physical and fast and he makes an impact in the Eagles' coverage schemes.

"Whatever it takes to win games, that's what type of player I am," Adams said. "I'm a team player. I'm going to do whatever it takes."

A seventh-round draft choice of the Tennessee Titans in 2001, Adams ended up playing a portion of the 2001 and 2002 seasons with Dallas before being claimed off waivers by the Eagles on October 21, 2002.

A native of Atlanta, GA, and a product of Clemson, Adams was a finalist for the Butkus and Bednarik Awards in his junior year, after which he declared for the draft. Keith is the son of former Patriots end Julius Adams, and the two became the fifth father and son combination to each play in a Super Bowl.

03-18-2005, 04:30 PM

dirk digler
03-18-2005, 04:32 PM

Thanks I looked for it before I posted but I never did see it. Mods please delete this I feel like an idiot now.

Edit- Now I see it they need a better thread title than Son of..

03-18-2005, 04:35 PM
Not a big deal. I wish we would have pulled the trigger on him and told (48 hour) Hartwell to go F*** himself.