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Robert Ayers | Defensive Lineman | #91

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/6/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 275
College: Tennessee
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (18) / DEN
Contract: view contract details

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Bucs released DE Robert Ayers.
Ayers had a $1 million roster bonus due on Sunday. His release creates $6 million in cap savings, so this was an easy move. Ayers has seen his sacks decline the last two seasons, but remains a solid run stopper. Mar 17 - 4:56 PM

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Bucs DE Robert Ayers (ankle) and DT Gerald McCoy (calf) are active for Week 8 against the Raiders.

The Bucs' defensive line is at full strength. Inactive are CB Johnthan Banks, OG Caleb Benenoch, QB Ryan Griffin, RB Doug Martin, DT Clinton McDonald, DE Channing Ward and OT Leonard Wester.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 11:35:00 AM

Bucs DE Robert Ayers (questionable, ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 8.

Ayers' return to a full practice on Friday suggests he should be ready to go. The Bucs are still without DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), but overall they are getting healthier on the line. They're a tough Week 8 matchup for Latavius Murray.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 02:40:00 PM

Bucs DE Robert Ayers (ankle) did not practice Friday.

Ayers got in a limited session Thursday, but he was back on the bench Friday, suggesting he suffered a setback. With Gerald McCoy (calf) and Noah Spence (shoulder) all but ruled out and Clinton McDonald (hamstring) sitting on Friday, the Bucs could be without four of their top-five defensive linemen.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 10:05:00 PM

Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday.

It's the first time he's practiced since injuring his ankle in Week 2. The Bucs are still without Gerald McCoy (calf) but Ayers' return would give the defensive line a huge boost. Only the Saints have allowed more points than Tampa Bay this season.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 01:48:00 PM

Bucs DE Robert Ayers (ankle) is out for Week 4 versus Denver.

Ayers also missed Week 3 with the injury, and the Rams had an offensive bonanza. Ayers is the Bucs' second most talented D-Lineman behind Gerald McCoy.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 02:48:00 PM

Bucs DE Robert Ayers was forced from Arizona's Week 2 game against the Bucs with an ankle injury, and will not return.

Ayers is a situational pass rusher. He should be considered week to week.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 06:11:00 PM

Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers said his 2016 goal is double-digit sacks.

Ayers would be the first Buc to do that since Simeon Rice in 2005. He came close to double digits last year with 9.5 sacks in 12 games for the Giants. Ayers said he's anxious to work with DC Mike Smith. "I know what he stands for and I don’t believe he’s going to steer me wrong," said Ayers. "He’s had a lot of success and won a lot of games and talking to him about scheme, I think he’ll put me in a position to succeed." The Buccaneers recorded 38 sacks last season, tied for 14th in the NFL.
Sun, Mar 20, 2016 11:50:00 AM

Bucs signed DE Robert Ayers to a three-year, $19.5 million contract.

He gets $10.5 million guaranteed. Ayers is entering his age-31 season, but he has long been a quality run defender and is coming off a career-best 9.5-sack season. He's a big upgrade to a Tampa line that fielded the NFL's worst defensive end duo in 2015, and by a significant margin. Look for Ayers to take over as the Bucs' starting left end. Weak-side pass rusher remains a need.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 04:56:00 PM

Free agent DE Robert Ayers will visit the Jaguars before the Dolphins.

Ayers has already visited the Bucs. The Dolphins badly want someone to pair with Mario Williams on the outside, but the Jags have more coin.
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 02:06:00 PM

Jaguars GM David Caldwell said he's been in contact with Robert Ayers' agent.

The Florida teams seem to be infatuated with Ayers, who has already lined up visits with the Dolphins and Buccaneers. The Jaguars already broke the bank for Malik Jackson but they have plenty left to spend. Ayers earned PFF's seventh-highest 4-3 defensive end grade last season out of 48 qualifiers.
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 01:44:00 PM

Free agent DE Robert Ayers will visit with the Dolphins.

Ayers met with the Buccaneers on Wednesday. The Giants have already locked up Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon, so it's safe to say Ayers will not be back in East Rutherford. Last week, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald predicted the Dolphins would sign two players for what it would have cost to keep Vernon. They've already signed Mario Williams to a two-year, $16 million deal. Signing Ayers would fulfill Jackson's prophecy.
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 08:57:00 AM

Free agent DE Robert Ayers is visiting the Bucs on Wednesday.

With most of the top linemen already off the board, 30-year-old Ayers is one of the consolation prizes. Ayers had a very strong 2015 as a situational pass rusher, registering 9.5 sacks on 581 snaps for the Giants.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 05:21:00 PM

ESPN's Dan Graziano does not expect free agent DE Robert Ayers to re-sign with the Giants.

The Giants have already re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul and are expected to make a run a free agent DE Olivier Vernon. Ayers came on strong down the stretch last season, but he has never recorded double-digit sacks and will turn 31 in September. Ayers is a solid, three-down end, but he may need to wait until the top pass rushers are off the board to find a new home.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 10:35:00 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger's Jordan Raanan predicts free agent DE Robert Ayers to command a three-year, $18 million contract.

Raanan polled five league sources and came up with this structure. Ayers is coming off yet another strong season. He registered 9.5 sacks and stood up well against the run, grading out as PFF's seventh-ranked 4-3 end. Ayers will turn 31 ahead of Week 1, so teams won't have to commit long-term to the former first-round pick. He can play all three downs off the edge.
Wed, Feb 17, 2016 10:31:00 AM

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