Lions Release DE Robert Ayers

Well, that was fast. After signing defensive end Robert Ayers on Monday, the Lions announced on Tuesday that he has been released. 

Ayers, 33 on Sept. 6, was expected to help the Lions as a pass rush specialist. While he posted only two sacks a season ago, he managed 28 pressures (a better indication of production) and graded as Pro Football Focus‘ No. 10 edge defender. Ayers’ experience in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes made him a logical fit for defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, but something went awry in Detroit.

Ayers has played in only ten games in each of the past two seasons for the Bucs, so his health may have been an issue.

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