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Robert Ayers | Defensive Lineman | #91

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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 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. Sep 18 - 6:11 PM

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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.
Mar 20 - 11:50 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.
Mar 11 - 4:56 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.
Mar 10 - 2:06 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.
Mar 10 - 1:44 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.
Mar 10 - 8:57 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.
Mar 9 - 5:21 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.
Mar 9 - 10:35 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.
Feb 17 - 10:31 AM

Giants DE Robert Ayers (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 4.

Ayers missed Week 3 with a bad hamstring and aggravated the injury in practice Wednesday. Kerry Wynn, George Selvie and Damontre Moore rotated at end against Washington last week, but at least one of the trio should lose snaps to rookie Owa Odighizuwa, who is set to return from a foot injury. Odighizuwa will be relied on to jump-start a pass rush which has just three sacks so far this season.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 09:44:00 AM

Tests on Giants LE Robert Ayers revealed no structural damage to his ankle.

The Giants can breathe a sigh of relief after Ayers was carted off the field at Wednesday's OTA practice. Although 2009 first-round pick Ayers never developed into a big-time pass rusher, he's an excellent run stopper at left end.
Wed, May 27, 2015 08:16:00 PM

Giants DE Robert Ayers was carted off the field at Wednesday's OTAs practice with a left ankle and knee injuries.

Ayers is attempting to come back from a torn pectoral after racking up five sacks in 12 games last season while playing stout run defense. The Giants are counting on him to lead the rotation at left end before ceding passing-down snaps to Damontre Moore. We'll update Ayers' status when more is known.
Wed, May 27, 2015 12:31:00 PM

ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano believes the team could use a rotation at left defensive end.

The Giants would like Robert Ayers to emerge as the starter, but a "badly" torn pec late last season could hurt his development. New York has added George Selvie and Owa Odighizuwa to their pass-rushing unit, and they hope Damontre Moore can take a step forward as well. All four should play roles this season.
Sat, May 16, 2015 12:41:00 PM

Giants DE Robert Ayers (pectoral) remains without a timetable for recovery.

Ayers "badly" tore his pec in Week 13 and can't yet lift weights. We tentatively expect Ayers ready for training camp. He was arguably the Giants' best defensive end last season, as he was tied for the team lead in sacks and played stout run defense. GM Jerry Reese will find pass-rushing help this offseason.
Fri, Feb 13, 2015 09:27:00 AM

Giants DE Robert Ayers tore a pectoral in Sunday's Week 13 loss to the Jags and is done for the season.

Ayers, signed to a two-year, $4M deal in March, turned out to be one of GM Jerry Reese's best finds. Despite limited playing time, Ayers was tied for the team lead with five sacks and was PFF's No. 4 overall 4-3 end. Mathias Kiwanuka (knee) is also hobbled, leaving Damontre Moore and rookie Kerry Wynn to pick up more playing time down the stretch. Ayers' $1.23M contract for 2015 is not guaranteed.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 09:12:00 AM

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