INDIANAPOLIS – The similarities are hard to ignore.
Last year, the Colts signed a veteran safety long after the bulk of the free agency period was old news.
Mike Adams (signed on June 16, 2014) went from a small blip on the radar, as the Colts closed out their offseason program, to eventual Pro Bowl participant at the age of 33.
For Dwight Lowery, the wait wasn't nearly as long, but he still had to ponder where his eighth NFL season was going to occur.
"When you're in the league for a while, you kind of understand how things work," Lowery said. "Nothing really surprises you at a certain point. But I was ready for any situation that came up.
"Obviously, the longer you wait, you see things kind of play out and anticipate what's going to happen or what may not happen. This opportunity came up and it was a fit for myself and for the team."
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What Lowery observed when looking at the Colts was seeing a team in need of another safety being patient with the process.
At the League Meetings in late March, the Colts indicated that there were unrestricted free agent safeties still on their radar.
Lowery ending up being that guy. After more than half of the Colts offseason program, the staff is beginning to see why Lowery is coming off arguably his best season as a pro.
"He's a true pro," safeties coach Roy Anderson said last week.
"(Lowery has) bought into everything that we were trying to teach him and he's helping out the young guys and at the same time he's working really well with Mike. He's just bought into the system, gets along with everybody, a role model for the younger guys."
The fellow Colts defensive backs have taken notice, too.
There might not be a more veteran-laden secondary in the NFL than the Colts, so Lowery fits right in.
"(Lowery) has a work ethic out of this world," cornerback Greg Toler said.
"Every time you turn around, he's always trying to get better. In the room, on the field, he's always trying to correct us. Some guys try to shy away from that, stay on their strengths but he's always trying to make everything a strength."
What Lowery is walking into this season is a winning culture that has recently been absent from his own NFL career.
In the last four seasons, Lowery hasn't been with a team that has finished a season better then four games below .500.
Just like what his potential starting mate at safety was looking for last offseason, teams with this type of track record aren't abundant throughout the NFL.
"When you get older, I think you look at more of that type of stuff than chasing the dollar or whatever you want to call it," Lowery said.
"It was just a good fit between myself and the (Colts). That's how it ended up working."