Lions To Sign DE Robert Ayers

The Lions have signed Robert Ayers to a one-year deal, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). With less than a week to go before final cuts, the defensive end will work to impress coaches and make his case to aid in Detroit’s pass rush. 

Ayers will turn 33 on Sept. 6, but he’s still an outstanding pass rusher. 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 also offers experience in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes, so he may be an ideal fit for defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, who likes to switch between both.

The only major strike against Ayers is his injury history. He’s played in only ten games in each of the past two seasons for the Bucs.

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