Packers: Montravius Adams signs one-year deal with Patriots

Green Bay Packers, Montravius Adams (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Montravius Adams (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

Former Green Bay Packers third-round pick Montravius Adams has found a new team.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Adams is signing a one-year deal with the New England Patriots worth up to $2.5 million. The Patriots will be banking on upside as Adams was an early-round pick, while the Packers were ready to move on.

A phrase we’ve heard a lot this offseason is “worth up to”. Many deals are proving to be low-risk for teams who are adding incentives to contracts. For the Patriots, it’s a no-risk move, but how affordable the contract is perhaps shows the Packers didn’t make an offer.

In four seasons, Adams has played in 45 games for the Packers with only three starts. He’s made 44 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and six quarterback hits.

It never quite worked out for Adams in Green Bay, who the team had high hopes for after selecting him in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

With Adams signing elsewhere, the only player still under contract from the Packers’ 2017 draft class is Aaron Jones, who signed an extension earlier this week. Already in free agency, Adams and Jamaal Williams have signed elsewhere, while Kevin King remains a free agent.

With Adams gone and Green Bay deciding not to bring back Tyler Lancaster, the focus should turn to addressing depth along the defensive line. Kenny Clark is a Pro Bowl talent but he can’t do it alone.

It won’t be a surprise if the Packers look to make an affordable move for a free agent defensive lineman or address the position early in the draft. It’s one area this defense has plenty of room for improvement entering 2021.

Adams didn’t have a significant role in Green Bay’s defense but depth up front now becomes an even bigger need than it previously was. Expect the team to address the position at some point this offseason.