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Anthony Adams | Defensive Lineman

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 310
College: Penn State
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 2 (57) / SF
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Former Bears DT Anthony Adams has retired from football.
Adams was a second-round pick of the 49ers, and played four seasons with San Francisco. He spent his final five seasons with the Bears. Adams was solid run-stopper earlier in his career, and he started every game for Chicago in 2010. Despite re-signing with the team in 2011, Adams fell out of favor with the emergence of Henry Melton and Stephen Paea. Sat, Mar 23, 2013 10:44:00 AM

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Bears released DT Anthony Adams.

The move clears $1.9 million in salary. Adams, a veteran nose tackle who will turn 32 before the season, fell out of the Bears' rotation last year, appearing in 11 games but only two of the final six. He had 16 tackles and no sacks. Adams was once one of the more underrated run-stopping 4-3 defensive tackles in football, but his career may be through after nine NFL seasons.
Sun, Feb 26, 2012 03:13:00 PM

Bears NT Anthony Adams practiced fully Thursday for the first time since straining his left calf early in training camp.

Backup Matt Toeaina worked as the first-team nose tackle for three weeks while Adams was sidelined, and will likely get the starting nod for one more week. Adams should regain the job once he's back in game shape.
Fri, Sep 9, 2011 09:26:00 AM

Bears NT Anthony Adams is in danger of missing multiple weeks of camp with a left calf injury.

Adams is currently in a boot, and the Chicago Tribune reports that he may not participate in any practices until the Bears break camp in Bourbonnais. This could give Matt Toeania the leg up on the starting nose tackle job for now, though it should be Adams' when he's healthy. Henry Melton is the starting "under tackle." Stephen Paea is nursing swelling in his knee.
Wed, Aug 10, 2011 02:38:00 PM

Bears agreed to terms with DT Anthony Adams on a two-year contract.

It's believed to be a two-year deal. The Bears are high on youngsters Henry Melton and Stephen Paea, but they lacked a true nose tackle without Adams. The 30-year-old graded out slightly below average among defensive tackles last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 02:28:00 PM

Before the lockout, free agent DT Anthony Adams was offered a deal similar to Matt Toeaina's three-year, $6 million contract.

The Bears realize they're going to have to sweeten the pot to keep Adams from flying the coop. "I'm not expecting some blockbuster-type deal," said Adams. "Just what I'm worth." Adams' preference is to return to the Chicago.
Fri, Jul 22, 2011 10:42:00 AM

One NFC personnel executive expects free agent DT Anthony Adams to draw interest from "several" teams because of his willingness to play nose tackle.

Adams reiterated that he "loves" playing for the Bears and "hopes" to be back in Chicago, but he doesn't want to be naive if the team has other plans. Last we heard, the Bears considered Adams a top priority for free agency. A re-signing still seems likely to happen.
Wed, Jul 6, 2011 09:15:00 AM

Free agent DT Anthony Adams made it clear Tuesday that he wants to re-sign with the Bears.

"I love it here [Chicago]," Adams said. "My kids were born here, we were just one game away from the Super Bowl and I got a good rapport with all my teammates." The Bears are expected to make Adams' re-signing a top priority once free agency begins.
Tue, Apr 26, 2011 05:53:00 PM

Re-signing free agent DT Anthony Adams is a "high priority" for the Bears, according to Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Adams has eight accrued seasons, so he's an unrestricted free agent regardless of CBA status. The Bears have no alternatives on the roster at nose tackle, and the durable Adams started all 16 games at the position last year. Pro Football Focus graded the 31-year-old just 56th out of 77 defensive tackles, however. The Bears ought to be careful to not overpay.
Tue, Apr 5, 2011 12:14:00 PM

Free agent NT Anthony Adams is anxious for the lockout to end.

"It really (stinks) when you’ve got family, and a kid on the way, and you don’t know where you’re going to be and how long you’ll sign," he said. "Guys like me could easily be out of the league and just be forgotten." Adams will certainly get signed, but likely at a fraction of the cost he would have been able to command had free agency began before the draft. There's still a good chance he'll end up back in Chicago.
Sat, Apr 2, 2011 10:38:00 AM

A source told the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs that the Bears are trying to sign NT Anthony Adams and SS Daniel Manning to extensions.

After locking up LS Patrick Mannelly and DT Matt Toeaina, the Bears are evidently trying to get a couple other potential unrestricted free agents under contract beyond this season. Adams has had an unexpectedly good year at nose tackle, while Manning has been solid at strong safety and is in the top 10 in kickoff return average.
Tue, Dec 28, 2010 08:38:00 AM

Beat writer Mark Potash speculates that Anthony Adams is poised to take over for Marcus Harrison as the Bears starting nose tackle.

Adams and Harrison are currently sharing time, but Adams has proven to be much more effective. In the Bears' last five games, Adams has 19 tackles and one sack vs. five tackles and one sack for Harrison.
Tue, Dec 15, 2009 10:21:00 AM

The Bears are expected to be without DTs Anthony Adams (torn triceps) and Antonio Garay (ankle) for the remainder of the season.

Chicago's run defense isn't going to improve anytime soon. The Bears now may be forced to turn to practice squader Babatunde Oshinowo as a third DT.
Sat, Dec 8, 2007 11:45:00 AM

Bears agreed to terms with DT Anthony Adams, formerly of the 49ers, on a four-year contract.

Adams didn't fit the 3-4 scheme and only started five games in 2006 after starting all 16 in San Francisco the year before. The former second-round pick from Penn State has potential to be a nice value this late in free agency. Look for movement to pick up with the NFL owners meetings this week.
Sun, Mar 25, 2007 07:18:00 PM

In addition to free agent safety Ken Hamlin, former 49ers defensive tackle Anthony Adams is scheduled to visit the Saints on Sunday

We're a little surprised that Adams, a second-round pick in 2003, hasn't generated more interest despite coming off an up-and-down '06 season.
Sun, Mar 4, 2007 02:06:00 PM

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