The Seahawks have signed free agent cornerback Phillip Adams, the team announced today.
The signing was first reported by NFL.com.
A seventh-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2010 out of South Carolina State, the 25-year-old Adams spent the last two years with the Raiders, playing largely in a reserve role, making four starts in 31 games.
However, he is also familiar to the Seahawks, having been with the team at the end of the 2011 season and throughout the pre-season in 2012. He saw action for Seattle in its 19-17 home loss to the 49ers near the end of the 2011 season.
Adams also has a history as a punt returner, with 32 for 198 yards the last two seasons, a spot where the Seahawks appear to need some competition after losing 2013 leading punt returner Golden Tate in free agency, as well as Walter Thurmond, who also got some returns in the preseason (though Richard Sherman was officially the backup at the end of the season).
At cornerback, Adams will add depth to a spot where the Seahawks return the players who were the starters at the end of the season — Sherman and Byron Maxwell — but lost Thurmond and Brandon Browner earlier in free agency. Jeremy Lane also returns, as do 2013 fifth-round draftee Tharold Simon, Akeem Aguste, a practice squad member last season, and Chandler Fenner, who was on injured reserve in 2013.
Adams was reported to have signed a one-year deal, but with no details yet released.
He is the third unrestricted free agent Seattle has signed during the free agency signing period who was not with the Seahawks last season, joining WR Taylor Price and OL Stephen Schilling.
Here’s video of Adams returning a punt for a TD as a 49er in a pre-season game in 2010: