The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed veteran cornerback Michael Adams to add to the very intense competition at cornerback. Adams is a seventh-year veteran who made his debut in 2007 as an undrafted free agent for the Arizona Cardinals. Since then he has primarily acted as the primary nickel defensive back, although he lost that job last season. He's started seven games in his career, and has three career interceptions. The Bucs cut guard Jeremy Lewis to make room for Adams.
Adams is a small cornerback at 5'8", 178 lbs. who would fit best as a slot cornerback. He's also an experienced and capable special teams player, which could help him make the roster. With Darrelle Revis and Eric Wright slated to take the starting positions and Johnthan Banks certain to make the roster, Adams will compete with a slew of cornerbacks for a roster spot. Leonard Johnson, Deveron Carr, Danny Gorrer, Myron Lewis, Rashaan Melvin and Branden Smith should form his immediate competition.
The Buccaneers seem dead set on improving the cornerback position this season, which makes sense given the fact that they probably had the worst cornerback group in the NFL last year. They forced Eric Wright to take a pay cut to keep him on board, they traded for Darrelle Revis, drafted Johnthan Banks, signed three quality undrafted free agents and now added another veteran to the competition. They have both quality and volume at the position and we'll see in training camp whether competition really does force the cream to rise to the top.