Free agency 2014 has not been kind to the Seattle Seahawks defense. Their front line has seen three key pieces leave for different teams in Florida and the secondary has lost Brandon Browner to the Patriots and Walter Thurmond to the Giants. Both cornerbacks were suspended several games due to drug related issues in 2013 and their new deals were of the short-term, prove-yourself-to-me variety, but the Seahawks still need to replace them.
On Thursday the team made a move that will at least partially mitigate the losses of the departed corners. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media first reported that the Seahawks have signed Oakland Raiders cornerback Phillip Adams to a one-year deal:
CB Phillip Adams, former Raiders UFA, just signed a one-year deal with Seattle #Seahawks, per source.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 27, 2014
Seattle later confirmed the transaction via the team’s twitter account. Adams played in all 16 games for the Raiders in 2013. He previously had spent time in Seattle briefly in 2011 and the 2012 preseason. He will likely compete for a backup corner role behind Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell.
Adams also has some chops in the return game. During his rookie year with the Niners he ran back a punt for a touchdown: