Steelers Sign Free Agent T Flozell Adams
On the eve of training camp the Steelers signed free agent tackle Flozell Adams to a two-year contract according to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed, but it is believe to be a front loaded deal around worth $7.5 million with no signing bonus. If he makes the team, Adams will receive a $2.5 million salary this season and his salary for 2011 is $5 million, none of it guaranteed. This would make Adams likely a one year stop gap. Adams originally was a second-round pick out of Michigan State in 1998 by the Dallas Cowboys and has started 178 of 182 career games at left tackle during his career, earning five trips to the Pro Bowl in the process. Adams was released by the Cowboys in early April in a salary dump and is expected to now start at either left or right tackle in place of the injured Willie Colon, who was lost for the season with an Achilles injury. The Adams signing could mean the Steelers might try to move current left tackle Max Starks back to the right tackle spot and let Adams play his natural left tackle spot if he can show he still can play on the left. If not, Adams will fill the right tackle spot and Starks will remain the starting left tackle. Adams had made a free agent visit to Pittsburgh at the end of June, right after the injury to Colon and was rumored to be wanting 4 million a year. The Steelers will need to announce a corresponding roster move to make room for Adams on the 80 man roster and one could speculate that rookie lineman Chris Scott will be placed on injured reserve. Scott broke his foot while working out at the University of Tennessee and has since had surgery. He was slated to miss all of training camp in his recovery time. We should have that release shortly.