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Adams signs six-year deal with Raiders

By John Clayton

In a surprise move, the Oakland Raiders won the five-team battle for two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sam Adams.

Adams signed a six-year deal Sunday night with the Raiders that will effectively be a one-year deal because of huge salaries in each of the final five years of the contract.

The Raiders' offer significantly topped the $1.5 million first-year payouts being offered by the Seahawks and Broncos. The Ravens had been talking about a $2.5 million signing bonus on a multi-year deal. The Bengals had been willing to pay a $3 million signing bonus on a four-year deal that didn't interest Adams.

"This is exactly where I needed to be,'' Adams, whose black No. 95 jersey still bore folding creases, told the Associated Press on Monday. "It's the Oakland Raiders. What more do you need to say? I'm glad they gave me a chance.''

Adams, 29, played six seasons for the Seahawks before being one of the key defensive players in the Ravens' Super Bowl run in 2000. At 340 pounds, Adams is one of the better run-stopping defensive tackles along with having the quick first steps to be a powerful inside pass-rusher. Adams had seven sacks in 1997 for the Seahawks.

After quietly being involved in talks for Adams, the Raiders had him fly to Napa, Calif., as they worked out the final details of the deal. He fills a void along the defensive line created by the loss of Grady Jackson to New Orleans in free agency and Darrell Russell's season-long drug suspension.

Adams thinks he's fairly close to game shape. He weighed about 340 pounds with Baltimore last season, and he looks about the same size in Oakland's silver uniform pants -- but Adams disagreed.

"I'm a Diet Coke away from 300 pounds,'' he said.

In his first day on the job, Adams already showed plenty of the Raiders' famed bravado.

"I've got some questions that need to be answered,'' Adams said. "You'd best believe they will be answered. ... People are going to pay what they think you're worth. That's fine -- but you better hope you're not on the schedule, because I'm coming to get you.''

Oakland plays Seattle in its season opener, and the Raiders face AFC West archrival Denver twice.

Though he's not expected to play until next week's preseason finale against Arizona, Adams should make an immediate impact on the Raiders' tumultuous defensive line.

Adams was considered the best free agent available.

John Clayton is a senior writer for The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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