Biggs: Adams happy with trade to Bears
All you have to do is consider the compensation the Chicago Bears gave Mark Dominik and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and know it was more a case of a team desiring an edge rusher with talent in Gaines Adams than another team looking to dump a player after Friday’s trade.
The Bucs shipped Adams to the Bears for a second-round draft pick in 2010, and had it been a situation where Tampa was working hard to unload the fourth overall pick of the 2007 draft, the price wouldn’t have been as high.
With the Bears already without a first-round pick as a result of the Jay Cutler trade, it gives you and idea of how motivated general manager Jerry Angelo was to add an edge rusher. Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye is off to the best start of his career with 4 1/2 sacks through four games, but he’s 32 and will be out of contract at the end of the season. Mark Anderson, who exploded with 12 sacks as a rookie in 2005, still hasn’t returned to form and he will also be out of contract after the season, although the Bears could control him as a restricted free agent if there is not an extension of the CBA. As Angelo often says, there is no such thing as having too many pass rushers, and now he has one under contract through 2012.
“With hard work and dedication, I believe I can be one of the dominant pass rushers in this league,’’ Adams said Friday night.
The Bears will put him to work with defensive line coach Rod Marinelli immediately, and the former Clemson star was drafted to play in the Tampa Two scheme the Bears employ. He fell out of favor with Raheem Morris and new defensive coordinator Jim Bates when the Bucs ditched the scheme this year.
Adams doesn’t figure to unseat Ogunleye or Alex Brown as a starter, not any time soon, but he’ll be in the rotation quickly and that will mean less time for Anderson for sure. He’s eligible to play Sunday night at Atlanta, but it remains to be seen if the Bears will rush him into action like Oakland did with Richard Seymour for the season opener.
“Really, I can’t say right now that a fresh start was what I needed,’’ Adams said. “I am just privileged to be a Bear. It is going to be a new start for me, and I am excited. Hopefully, I go out and play Sunday.’’
Adams understand why Morris was pushing his buttons during training camp and again during the early parts of the season. He wasn’t unhappy with the Bucs.
“Being drafted where I was at, there were high expectations for me,’’ he said. “I still have high expectations for myself.
“I want to thank the Buccaneers for giving me the opportunity, and for picking me in the draft. This is the nature of the beast, though, and this is a new start for me. I am just glad to be a Bear.’’
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