Cleveland Browns sign former Chicago Bears linebacker Matthew Adams
The Browns announced the signing of linebacker Matthew Adams on Tuesday, the first outside signing at that position this offseason.
Adams, 27, spent last season playing for the Chicago Bears. He appeared in 10 games for Chicago, playing 188 defensive and 205 special-teams snaps.
While with the Bears, Adams had 26 combined tackles, including 17 solo and two tackles for loss. He also forced a fumble.
The former 2018 seventh-round pick for the Indianapolis Colts out of the University of Houston, Adams spent his first four seasons playing with the team that drafted him. He had 55 combined tackles, including 40 solo and two tackles for loss, as well as a fumble recovery with the Colts.
The Colts' special teams coordinator during his time there was Bubba Ventrone. Ventrone was hired last month to lead the Browns' special teams, as well as serve as assistant head coach.
Adams has played in 68 career games, including 12 starts. He's played 1,307 special-teams snaps and 508 defensive snaps in his career.
Special teams is where Adams likely fits initially with the Browns, he also could factor in at linebacker. The team has re-signed Sione Takitaki and Jordan Kunaszyk at that position this offseason, while Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Jacob Phillips, Tony Field II, Sam Kamara and Storey Jackson are the only other ones currently on the roster.
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This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Matthew Adams signs with Cleveland Browns to add linebacking depth