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Mike Adams Season Over After Steelers Don’t Activate Him From PUP List

Mike Adams

The 2015 season for Steelers tackle Mike Adams ended today, after the team did not activate him from the physically unable to perform lis by today’s 4pm deadline.

The team had to make the decision today to activate him or not, and decided that he was not healed enough from his back surgery in late July.

The former second-round will remain on the PUP list, and that wasn’t the only transaction for the Steelers today when it came to their offensive line.

The club also placed former 7th round pick Kelvin Beachum on IR, leaving undrafted Alejandro Villanueva at the tackle position.

Beachum is looking at a long recovery, and that makes it a tough decision if the team will try and bring him back or not next season, as he’s a free agent entering the offseason.

The club will have a decision to make with Adams as well, who just has never become that solid tackle the team was hoping for when they took him in the second-round out of Ohio State in 2012.

He was the starter entering 2013, but was awful and was part of the reason behind the club’s 0-4 start, in a season which ended 8-8 after Adams mostly saw the bench much of the season after the club made changes across the O-line.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. DrGeorge

    November 25, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Tomlin knew Adams had issues with the weed, but tons of apparent potential and risked a #2 pick on him in 2012. When that season ended, fans who know line play realized the pick was suspect and not for the reason we all feared. He didn’t fail a drug test; he just could play at the NFL level. He should have been cut at the start of last season, but Tomlin hates to admit he made a mistake. The time for redemption is long passed. Adams won’t be back.

    Beachum won’t be back either — this time for financial reasons. He had a horrendous injury, and there is no guarantee he will ever play up to his former abilities. It’s a shame, because he is a classic over-achiever and played LT at a high level, even though he is better suited to OG. But unless the Rooneys go sentimental on us, there is no justification for paying Beachum even the same pay he was receiving. And he may not be able to play at all next year. I don’t think the team will take that chance.

  2. Austin

    November 25, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    I agree but the only caveat would be to (finally) move decastro to LG because of how he pulls, and perhaps Gilbert into RG and see if Adams works out at RT. It won’t happen but if the team is desperate to NOT draft a franchise LT which it seems they never are, I dint know if any other viable options save for signing someone in FA . The aforementioned is largely predicated on the fact that our LG SUCKS and (BETTER NOT BE) back! You would improve LG immediately with decastro and, the wT Gilbert seems to be playing solidly this year, might not lose anything at RG either. Or, perhaps they just draft a RG in the third or fourth round and HOPE he can play in time. I personally hope they draft a LT in the first round for a change!

  3. DaveB.

    November 26, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Whats really sad is , the Steelers have had a true franchise quarterback that has taken them to 3 super bowls and won two of them since 2004 and to to this day , they have never had a true first rate quality left tackle protecting him . Marvell Smith , in his prime was decent but that was only for a short time . Beachum is definitely an over achiever that in all likelihood wont be back . Bottom line , decisions will have to be made .

  4. DrGeorge

    November 26, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Actually, guys, you are validating a point I tried to make here over a year ago. When franchise QBs are paid monster salaries, the resulting salary imbalance keeps them from adding or retaining quality talent elsewhere. It happened this summer in Seattle, who paid Russell Wilson far more than he’s worth. Consequently, they lost key defensive players and traded a solid Center for a misfit TE. Their slide this year is the result. Ditto with Kaepernick in San Fran., Luck in Indy, and Romo in Dallas: big salaried QB led to decline. Green Bay and New England are getting away with it so far, by recruiting young, cheap over-achievers and cutting expensive veterans early.

    For a time, Seattle had the formula right, when R. Wilson was making $500,000 a year!! Then, they could afford to buy an outstanding O-line and Defense. That combination led them to two Super Bowls. Without them, Wilson cannot get them back to the Big Dance. It takes a complete team.

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