Some news outside of the NFL Combine was announced on Sunday as Greg Auman reports that the Bucs have decided that they will not tender Andrew Adams, making him an unrestricted free agent.

After getting cut by the Giants on September 1st, the Bucs picked up Adams on September 26th to fill some depth in the secondary after an injury to Chris Conte. Adams went on to have a promising first season in Tampa Bay, leading the team with four interceptions, while also adding nine pass breakups, 38 tackles, and four starts in 13 games.

Adams played an important hybrid role of both safety and linebacker in the Bucs defensive system. With the Bucs having only $16 million on the salary cap, they will have a number of roster moves to make in order to clear some more space. There is still a chance they can bring him back, but it would be for less than the $2.05 million that he would have made on his tender.

 

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  1. If this is true, it’s another bad move by Licht and now by BA.
    This guy came to the team midway through the season and led all DB’s with INT’s and probably pass break ups as well and we won’t pay him a paltry $2.1 million.
    He way by far our best safety and DB last year.

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    • Like finding a diamond in the rough and throwing it in the toilet.

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      • Hoping they can sign him in FA but assuming they can’t, I agree with your post. Doesn’t seem like a good move.

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  2. This is the dumbest move of the offseason if they don’t end up resigning him later… This guy was a bright spot in a young Secondary that has versatility and production out of nowhere, and rare in our backfield… Bad move guys… I really hope there’s some kind of sense that can be made of this…

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  3. Two million is a small saving. He had a good years with his four picks. Wrong message!

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  4. …could this be possibly because the team is going to go after Honey Badger very heavily and felt this frees up some cap room and a regular season roster spot…i understand the whole “camp bodies/ 90 man roster” during the summer and felt Adams wouldnt be more than a second/third stringer or the coaches felt he didnt fit the defensive system and his tender was too rich for the way this team is headed…but given what Adams did for us- comming to this team and stepping in like he did- i feel this was a horrible move too..but could there be a wink nod trade deal that was cut at the combine for us to get a DB?

    I just dont want to believe that this team is going to do more stupid s*hit with a new regime…but my guesses…im just trying to read between the lines because there has to be something else there…doesnt there? (Smh with puzzled look).

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  5. Are you guys serious? Your upset about them not tendering a guy that they picked up off the street? He played decent yes, but he was playing mostly with a bunch of rookies and buck ups, so that’s probably why he shined a little bit. Good for him if they bring him back, but let’s not sign him to a 5 year $30 million contract like you guys are acting like. This is the worst move ever! Ha ha ha ha ha ha

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  6. 38 tackles, 9 pass breakups(led team) and 4 interceptions(led team) in just 4 starts. He’s only 26. Here’s a guy you would want lock up for 3 years, yet the balks a 2mil. SMGDH!

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  7. Horrible move. This guy was a bargain unless you are planning on cutting your entire secondary. But why would you cut the guy who leads the Team in interceptions?

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  8. Let’s make sure we pack the team with high priced mediocre talent and malcontents…. GMC, D-Jax, D. Smith, to crowd out the cap space for a guy that actually produced.

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  9. Biggest head scratcher since cutting Michael Bennett

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  10. Lol….we’ll never win five games now

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  11. I agree with the others that this is a head scratcher. Like someone else said already the Bucs FO probably has a budget where they pursue a veteran FA safety.

    Watching McDougald walk away and continued to play in the NFL did set this team back. Adams hopefully can be re-signed.

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  12. I like the guy, but we can’t assume he’s going to play over an entire season they way he played for four games. Yeah, he had four interceptions, but three came in one game. He’s not going to have 48 ints, y’all.
    Assuming he can keep up those numbers defies statistics and probability. It’d be like assuming that Fitz could keep up his pace from the first two games of 2018.
    He’s not worth two million. He had one interception for two full seasons with the Giants. That’s what we should expect.
    Nobody is going to pay him two million. I predict he’ll eventually sign with the Bucs but for a more reasonable salary.

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  13. I’m not as stressed about this move as most of you. But if you read the tea leaves this looks to be a move to set up a push for Mathieu. Evans, Whitehead, Stewart (to me the most puzzling non kicker second round pick of the Bucs and most likely the reason for the Adams release) and Mathieu will be a pretty good safety room.

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  14. They will prolly try to sign him for a lower price. I would like to have him back, but if its between him or the Honey Badger its a no brainer.

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  15. The Bucs can easily get Honey Badger and Claiborne. Don’t Franchise the lazy, nonproductive D. Smith, and save 14million dollars. Liedtke already outproduced Smith in his two starts at LT in Preseason, and you can trade down and take White first and still get 6’5” 320 lb LT from Ole Miss., Greg Little, who easily stops all speed rushers unlike Smith and comes from a drop back passing team. He can save the Bucs many millions and you can afford to resign productive Adams who can step up to play any DB or Safety position and special teams and is badly needed by the Bucs. BA better not be taking Licht’s take on these players as he has let too many great players walk and star on other teams. BA needs to form his own opinions from film and override Licht. Otherwise this will be a HUGE MISTAKE!!! Listen to the fans who know above BA.

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  16. They obviously think they can get him back for lot less so until plays out I’ll reserve judgement. I did like his play last year and seemed to have potential.

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  17. Good to see the majority feel the same way as I.
    jpsmily, remind me never to let you go shopping for the groceries.
    Yes, we can try to pickup the undersized HoneyBadger, for $5 million more.
    And yes, three of his picks came against the Panthers, a game he probably won by himself, but I can’t think of another defensive player who put the team on his shoulders like that except maybe Carl Hassib against the Browns. Two sacks and a pass breakup on a wheel route.

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  18. Pardon the computer interruption.
    And jpsmiley, what difference does it make where you found him, he still balled out last season when he was given the chance unlike some of the other stiffs we have on the team.
    As mentioned in the comments, Michael Bennett was a FA pickup off the waiver wire I think and we saw what happened when we let him go.
    Funny how both Carl Hassib and Adams were two of our better defensive players last year and both were claimed off the waiver wire, out performing all of our draft picks from the last two regimes.
    Kind of says something doesn’t it.

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  19. this is how you end up with 30 double digit losing seasons. how does he handle it if he is brought back at cheaper price. potential cancer if wins starting job or should in training camp.

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