I doubt Adams is looking for the 'local vendor' while attending camps.... Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Should Steelers Mike Adams Deferred Bonus?

On Wednesday, the Steelers signed 2nd round draft pick Mike Adams to a four year deal.  Along with his four year deal came a $1.01 million signing bonus.  Captain Toupee, aka ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, writes that there was speculation that Adam’s would forgo the bonus in a gesture that he will remain drug free.  Here’s Hensley’s quote:

There had been speculation that Adams would defer a signing bonus to show he could remain drug-free. Adams reportedly tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine in February.

How would defer a signing bonus show that you will remain drug free?  Was there some sort of talk that he was going to use that bonus to buy drugs, and therefore, by not taking the money showed that he wasn’t going to?  Maybe I’m getting caught up on semantics, but how is it that deferring a signing bonus shows good faith not to partake in illegal actions in the near or distant future?  Maybe deferring would be a sign to show that he is committed to playing for the Steelers and that it was an act of good faith that he just wants to play football.  But not the former.

The question this morning is, do you think Mike Adams should have deferred his signing bonus?  Was he wrong in not?  Would it have been wrong to defer?  I leave the floor open…..

Should Mike Adams have deferred his signing bonus?

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    As long as Mike Adams is actively seeking Counseling, & adhering to ALL other “Stipulations” that The Steelers imposed on him BEFORE Drafting him, I have NO ISSUE with his not deferring his Signing Bonus! The Steelers Drug Testing Policy & those Additional “Stipulations” that were imposed on Mike Adams will sufficiently monitor him, & his “Off Field” activities. I believe in Mike Adams as First a Person, & secondly as A Football Player. Having watched him play @ The Ohio State University, & seeing his performance @ The Scouting Combine… I KNOW he will be a GREAT Pittsburgh Steeler, for the next DECADE!!   I congratulate The Steelers for their “acceptance” of his PERSONAL explanation of his being DISHONEST with them when questioned @ The combine, & for “taking active” steps to ensure his Quality of Life, and Production “On The Field”, as a member of The Pittsburgh Steelers! The Organizations willingness to give Mr Adams a SECOND CHANCE, will prove to be a Win-Win situation in the Future! Welcome Aboard Mike Adams – Offensive Tackle – The Pittsburgh Steelers!
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