Former NFL linebacker/defensive lineman Keion Adams signs with Riders

Photo courtesy: Keion Adams

Former NFL linebacker/defensive lineman Keion Adams has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Adams spent parts of three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants. He revealed the Riders news on Twitter.

The six-foot-two, 245-pound defender played 51 games over four seasons at Western Michigan University, recording 126 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one pass knockdown. In his senior NCAA year, Adams made 49 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 12 quarterback hurries, 7.5 sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered one fumble in 14 games.

NFLPA Bowl officials took notice and invited him to play in the 2017 edition of the game. At Western Michigan’s pro day, Adams ran a 4.63 forty-yard time, 4.38 shuttle, 7.36 three-cone while recording a 36-inch vertical, 10-foot, four-inch broad jump, and 27 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

The Steelers selected Adams in the seventh round, 248th overall. He spent the 2017 NFL season on injured reserve due to a shoulder setback suffered in training camp. For the entire 2018 campaign, Adams was on Pittsburgh’s practice roster.

After being released by the Steelers in May 2019, the Giants signed him in June. A knee injury in the final pre-season game put Adams on IR and he was waived in October. He was an NFL free agent for the rest of 2019 and 2020.

Adams earned nearly $700,000 from his time in the NFL.