On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have signed Adams to their active roster, addressing a very pressing need at the tight end position. A spot was opened on the 53-man roster when tight end Tom Crabtree was placed on injured reserve following the biceps injury he suffered on Sunday in Detroit.
The addition of the 6-4, 255-pound Adams gives the Buccaneers a second tight end to pair with rookie Tim Wright, as Wright had been the only player left at that spot on the depth chart after Crabtree,
Adams entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Purdue with the Bears in 2011. He made the team as a rookie and served as a blocker and a special teams contributor in eight games before suffering a hamstring injury that sent him to injured reserve. In 2012, he appeared in 15 games and recorded all four of his NFL receptions.
At Purdue, Adams played in 46 games over four seasons and caught 79 passes for 660 yards and three touchdowns. A team captain as a senior, he led the team with 36 receptions in 2010 and earned his third Academic All-Big Ten award. He will wear jersey number 86 with the Buccaneers.