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Gaines Adams | Defensive Lineman

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/8/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 260
College: Clemson
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The Greenwood (SC) County Coroner ruled Sunday that Bears DE Gaines Adams died of cardiac arrest caused by an enlarged heart.
Adams presumably lived his 26 years with the enlarged heart, but it wasn't discovered until his death. He was in perfect physical condition. Adams' NFL career ends with 15 sacks in 47 games. He was an unanimous All-American as a senior at Clemson, where he shares the all-time record for sacks with Michael Dean Perry. Adams was pronounced dead at 8:21AM Sunday. Sun, Jan 17, 2010 01:08:00 PM

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Bears DE Gaines Adams passed away Sunday morning for undisclosed reasons. Profootballtalk.com reports that Adams is "believed" to have suffered a heart attack.

The Greenwood (SC) County Coroner said Adams "appeared to be in perfect health," so it appears his death was tragically a fluke. An autopsy will be done later today. Adams, the No. 4 overall pick in 2007, racked up 13 sacks, 76 tackles, and two interceptions in his first two seasons with Tampa before being dealt to Chicago prior to October's trade deadline. He was slated for a major role in 2010, likely replacing free agent LE Adewale Ogunleye as a starter.
Sun, Jan 17, 2010 11:30:00 AM

Gaines Adams has totaled two tackles and zero sacks since the Bears acquired him from the Bucs in mid-October.

Adams played 33 snaps in his first game, but he hasn't been in for more than 10 in game since. Defensive line guru Rod Marinelli has his hands full in trying to bring out Adams' potential for 2010.
Fri, Dec 18, 2009 10:52:00 AM

Bears declared DE Gaines Adams, WR Juaquin Iglesias, RB Adrian Peterson, CB D.J. Moore, OG Lance Louis, DL Matt Toeaina, DL Jarron Gilbert and LB Hunter Hillenmeyer inactive for Week 6.

Adams was acquired Friday evening from the Bucs, but won't play until Week 7 against Cincinnati. The Bears are taking on the Falcons Sunday night.
Sun, Oct 18, 2009 07:14:00 PM

According to a league source, newly acquired Bears DE Gaines Adams will be inactive for Sunday's matchup in Atlanta.

Expect Adams to see his first snaps as a Bear in Week 7 when the team goes to Cincinnati. This move should motivate DEs Adewale Ogunleye and Mark Anderson. He still needs to pass his physical and the Bears still have to dump a player to open up a roster spot for Adams.
Sat, Oct 17, 2009 10:50:00 AM

Bears acquired DE Gaines Adams from the Buccaneers in exchange for what is believed to be a 2010 second-round draft pick.

While Bucs GM Mark Dominik mails in the season by dealing off his most gifted pass rusher and nears insertion of an underclassman rookie QB, Bears GM Jerry Angelo is in the talent acquisition business. Trading first-day picks isn't advised, except when the return is a 26-year-old with dominating ability and a contract through 2012. Jim Bates, who's clearly lost his touch, couldn't get enough out of Adams in his first season as Bucs defensive coordinator. It's a good bet that Bears defensive line coach Rod Marinelli will.
Fri, Oct 16, 2009 08:45:00 PM

Bucs RE Gaines Adams (groin) won't start but is expected to play, according to beat reporter Rick Stroud.

Adams hurt his groin against the Giants last week and is listed as questionable. Stylez White will get the start.
Sun, Oct 4, 2009 10:50:00 AM

Bucs RE Gaines Adams has missed the last two days of practice due to a groin injury and is questionable for Week 4.

Adams hurt the groin against the Giants on Sunday. The former No. 4 overall pick in 2007 has taken a lot of heat this season for getting little pressure on the quarterback. He has zero sacks and five tackles on the season.
Thu, Oct 1, 2009 01:16:00 PM

The Bucs are considering benching RE Gaines Adams after he recorded zero sacks in the team's first two games.

Adams posted a goose egg in Week 1 against Dallas LT Flozell Adams, and had four tackles but got little pressure vs. Bills LT Demetrius Bell on Sunday. Dropping Adams from the lineup would be a huge disappointment after the Bucs used the 4th overall pick on him in 2007. His motor runs too hot and cold.
Mon, Sep 21, 2009 02:01:00 PM

Bucs coach Raheem Morris says DE Gaines Adams will be a bust if he doesn't record double-digit sacks this season.

"That's what he's graded on, there's no secret about it," explained Morris. Adams is lining up wide of offensive tackles in Jim Bates' system, a move that is expected to free him up to use his athleticism. Double-digit sacks is a reasonable goal.
Sat, Aug 1, 2009 03:35:00 PM

Bucs DE Gaines Adams, who has 12.5 career sacks, said he is "ready to break out" as he enters his third season in the league.

Defensive coordinator Jim Bates and former Bucs star Warren Sapp both concur that the third year for a defensive lineman is where a major jump in production occurs. Adams, the fourth overall pick in 2007, started strong last season but faded down the stretch, leading many to ponder whether the Bucs should target another pass rusher in the recent draft.
Sat, May 16, 2009 09:45:00 AM

Bucs RE Gaines Adams will line up more to the wide side of offensive tackles in new coordinator Jim Bates' system.

Adams used to line head-up on the left tackle, but will rush from an angle now. That will free him up to use his athleticism more. Adams also has been studying film of Jason Taylor, who Bates coached up to 19 sacks in 2002.
Thu, May 14, 2009 05:06:00 PM

The Bucs expect to move RE Gaines Adams around more in an attempt to increase his sack potential.

Bucs GM Mark Dominik talked of widening Adams' stance so "he's coming off the edge in a little more of a pinch so he has more of an opportunity to take a straight line to the quarterback." Adams had six sacks last season, and it wouldn't surprise us if he doubled that total in 2009.
Tue, Mar 24, 2009 12:19:00 PM

New Bucs defensive coordinator Jim Bates believes RE Gaines Adams has the tools to be a "premier pass rusher."

"He has that ability," said Bates, who has done wonders for DEs in the past. "Jason Taylor had 2.5 (sacks), we went in there and he went 14.5 and 17. Trace Armstrong went from single digits to 16.5." Adams, who has flashed dominance in his first two years, is a good bet for double-digit sacks in 2009.
Wed, Feb 18, 2009 02:15:00 PM

Gaines Adams was shaken up in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Adams suffered an ankle injury, and his return is considered questionable. The Bucs pass rush would obviously suffer without him in the game in the second half.
Sun, Dec 14, 2008 02:32:00 PM

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