By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
- Sam Adams – Signed by the Bills in 2003
It’s almost too easy to say that Sam Adams was a big free-agent signing by the Bills. After all, he checked in at 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds, more or less.
Adams had always been a large part of any of his defensive units. He was taken in the first round (eighth overall) by Seattle in 1994, and eventually became a starter for the Seahawks. From there it was on to Baltimore (where he won a Super Bowl) and Oakland (where he lost a Super Bowl).
Adams was a free agent again in 2003, and he agreed to a four-year deal with the Bills. The defensive tackle might have had one of the great debuts in Buffalo’s football history. He intercepted a Tom Brady pass and ran it back 37 yards for a touchdown – a play that put him on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Adams had five sacks in each of his first two seasons with the Bills.
But his play fell off a bit in 2005, and he became a casualty of the salary cap the following spring. Adams spent the next two seasons with the Bengals and Lions before retiring.
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