INDIANAPOLIS – Trying to decipher the Colts plans for the upcoming free agency period is like trying to crack Morse Code.
Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson didn't share much at their Combine press conferences last Thursday but did give one strong indication of a piece they want back in 2015.
Last year, the frequent talk this time of year was about the need to re-sign Vontae Davis in the offseason.
This year, the name is Mike Adams.
"We would love to have Mike back," Grigson said at Lucas Oil Stadium.
"Obviously a (2014) June signing that goes to the Pro Bowl is a good thing. He never played like he was long in the tooth. He did some really good things for us."
The good things starts with simply starting 16 games at a position that had no sure thing heading into 2014.
Adams played more than 96 percent of the Colts defensive snaps last season while tying for the league lead in forced turnovers (7).
"He played really good football for us, great football," Pagano said of Adams.
"He was a calming force in the secondary for us. He was the quarterback of that secondary. He's still got good football left in him. There's still gas left in the tank. Try to tell him that there isn't, then you'll have yourself a fist fight on your hands. He's been playing with a chip on his shoulder for a long, long time. I fully expect him to come back and play at a high level."
The return of Adams in 2015 would solve one starting spot at a safety position group once again filled with uncertainty.
Fellow 2014 starters LaRon Landry (released) and Sergio Brown (unrestricted free agent) aren't in the fold for 2015 (Brown could obviously re-sign).
With a weak safety draft in 2015, it remains to be seen how the Colts will try and target young talent in the final line of their defense.
One thing is for sure though and that is the Colts covet Adams. And the man who just played in his first Pro Bowl after 11 NFL seasons is ready for more.
"(The Pro Bowl) was knocked off that bucket list but now it's time for that Super Bowl," Adams said.
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