Mike Adams announces retirement

Safety Mike Adams has decided to call it a career.

Adams announced his retirement during an appearance on NFL Network on Wednesday. Adams signed with the Texans last September and appeared in eight matches over the regular season and playoffs for the team.

The 2019 season was Adams’ 16th in the NFL and that was an impressive run given the quiet start to his career. Adams went undrafted coming out of Delaware and failed to make the 49ers out of camp, but did make it to the active roster that November. He would spend three years with the 49ers before moving on to stints with the Browns, Broncos, Colts and Panthers.

Adams made two Pro Bowls while with the Colts and ends his career with 930 tackles, 30 interceptions, 13 forced fumbles and six sacks.

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Adams was able to have consistent production from the safety position starting from his first full season with the 49ers in 2005, when he tallied 77 tackles and four interceptions in 14 matches, to his last full campaign with the Panthers in 2018, when he tallied 75 tackles and three picks in 16 games.

In 228 total games with 149 starts, Adams accumulated 935 total tackles (19 for a loss) with 30 interceptions (two returned for a touchdown), 90 passes defensed, 13 forced fumbles, 16 fumble recoveries and six sacks.

He’s just one of six players in the NFL since at least 1999 to collect at least 935 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 30 interceptions and 13 forced fumbles.

The others on that list are Ray Lewis, Ronde Barber, Charles Woodson, Rodney Harrison and Brian Dawkins — two current Hall of Famers (Lewis and Dawkins) and three others who very well could be joining them within the next few years.

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