Ayers has four tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Ayers played just 19 snaps, but his production could earn him more playing time.
Ayers was signed by the Colts on Tuesday, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports. Ayers was cut by the Rams on Saturday after playing all 16 games last season, recording 47 tackles and 0.5 sacks. The Colts' starting linebackers seem to be set in stone for Week 1, but Ayers could play a role off the bench, granted he can learn the playbook in time. As the season progresses, look for him to compete with fellow veterans Robert Mathis and Trent Cole for reps.
Ayers was waived by the Rams, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports. This is a surprising move as it was thought Ayers would be a starter at outside linebacker. The five-year veteran started 11 games for the Rams in 2015, but Los Angeles lets him go, saving themselves $3.3 million in the process. At this point, who be the third linebacker alongside Alec Ogletree and Mark Barron is not known. The options remaining on the roster are Josh Forrest, Bryce Hager, Nic Grigsby and Cory LIttleton.
Linebacker Akeem Ayers has signed with the Rams on Thursday, according to the team. Ayers spent last season with the Patriots recording 20 total tackles, four sacks and one interception. The 25-year-old spent four seasons with the Titans prior to playing for the Patriots. For his career Ayers has 252 total tackles, 13 sacks and three forced fumbles.
The Rams hosted a pair of defensive players on Thursday. According to ESPN.com, former Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley and former Titans and Patriots linebacker Akeem Ayers met with the Rams. The Rams could use the depth along the interior defensive line with the organization cutting Kendall Langford in a salary cap move. In four seasons with the Lions, Fairley totaled 98 tackles and 13.5 sacks. Ayers has been linked to the Rams for a while. Traded to the Patriots from the Titans mid-season, Ayers recorded 20 tackles, four sacks and one interception in New England.
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