Patriots sign DT Montravius Adams

Mark Daniels
The Providence Journal
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Montravius Adams, left, and Ka'dar Hollman of the Green Bay Packers celebrate after Hollman made an interception in a preseason game at Lambeau Field in August 2019.

The Patriots added more depth to their defensive line on Thursday.

According to agent Drew Rosenhaus, the Patriots signed defensive lineman Montravius Adams to a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million. Adams, 25, brings more size to the Patriots' defensive line, standing at 6 feet 4 inches and weighing 304 pounds. He played in eight games last year for the Green Bay Packers, making 11 tackles.

Adams is the third defensive lineman the Pats have signed this week, joining Davon Godchaux and Henry Anderson. The Patriots were one of the worst teams against the run last season and clearly targeted the defensive tackle position this week in free agency. The Pats also lost Adam Butler, who signed with Miami, and Lawrence Guy is still a free agent.

The Pats had been exploring adding another veteran defensive tackle this week. League sources told The Providence Journal that the Patriots had been showing interest in defensive tackles Rakeem Nunez-Roches and Sheldon Rankins.

Adams fits in as a run stopper. Last season, Pro Football Focus gave him a 74.2 run defense grade. Only 20 defensive linemen had better grades than that in 2020. 

Adams was drafted in the third round by the Packers in 2017. He's been used off the bench in Green Bay. In 2018, he made a career-high 20 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 16 games. That was the best season of his career so far. Last year, he ended up on  injured reserve with a toe injury, which is why he played in just eight games.

Adams now joins Godchaux, Anderson, Byron Cowart, Akeem Spence, Carl Davis, Bill Murray and Michael Barnett on the Patriots' defensive tackle depth chart.

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