Report: Titans trading Akeem Ayers to Patriots

AP

The Titans are reportedly set to deal one of their recent second-round picks.

Tennessee has agreed to send outside linebacker Akeem Ayers to New England, Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean reported Tuesday.

The trade is pending a physical, Wyatt reported. Terms of the deal are not known.

For the 25-year-old Ayers, the trade is an opportunity to start fresh. A starter in his first three seasons with the Titans, Ayers has been a backup this season in Tennessee’s 3-4 scheme, appearing in just two games. He is in the final year of his contract. Ayers (6-3, 255) had surgery on both knees in the offseason.

A UCLA product, Ayers was the No. 39 overall pick in 2011. He’s recorded 232 tackles, nine sacks and two interceptions in 50 games (43 starts).

In New England, Ayers could get a look as a strong-side linebacker in 4-3 fronts and an outside linebacker in “30” fronts. The Patriots are a base 4-3 defense, a scheme in which he has experience.

UPDATE 4:47 p.m. ET: According to Jason La Canfora of CBS, the teams are swapping draft picks in the deal. The Titans will get a sixth-round selection, while the Patriots will get a seventh-rounder and Ayers, per CBS.

42 responses to “Report: Titans trading Akeem Ayers to Patriots

  1. Holy crap Bill can we please stop getting players coming off knee / leg / acl surgery? I think about 1/3 of the Pats roster is in that situation.

  2. Patriots 6th round pick would’ve been late and the Titans 7th round pick would’ve been early. So really, what are they swapping like 5 to 10 selection spots? That equals the value of Akeem Ayers? Steal.

  3. Ayers didn’t suck at all as a rookie. Then he fell off the map, partly due to injury, partly who knows what, and definitely hurt by the coaching change this year.

    Honestly, if the Pats can get him back to where he was as a rookie, they’ll get a steal. Not entirely sure what Whisenhunt & Co. had against Ayers, but they were clearly completely unimpressed.

  4. Pats will need all the help they can get. First they have to face a desperate and bitter rival in the Jets, who could have saved their season with a win over the Pats (2-5 and 2 games back with the two teams changing level of schedule difficulty AND with the Jets hosting the Pats later in the season). NOWWWW, they face a desperate Bears team out to prove they’re better than 3-4, whose 3 wins all came on the road, and who were just blasted by Brandon Marshall. (Yes, ALL of them. Trestman went out of his way to let the team know Marshall was talking about ALL of them).

    Swell.

  5. It is clear that Ayers did not work out for the Titans; they are virtually giving him away. My question, is there anyone on PFT that can tell us if he has skills that Belichick can utilize in situational football? Bill is excellent at playing to a player’s strength while covering up his weaknesses. The fact that he failed at the 3-4 defense the Patriots play makes me curious why they are picking him up.

  6. Once again the pats think they can turn other teams scraps into gold. Belichick is not the zen master everyone claims him to be. His ego is too big and it’s hindering the team with these bad trades.

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans. #choochoohawksdynastytrain
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering

  7. Cue the haters, I assume NE is cheating by making a trade? Anyways, I like the deal NE needs depth and but mostly run stoppers. Ayers was good coming out of UCLA not sure what he can provide now besides depth.

  8. Can we get a list of the players coming off major knee who foot surgery?

    Darelle Revis
    Dominique Easley
    Vince Wilfork
    Jerod Mayo —————–OUT
    Rob Gronkowski
    Tommy Kelly ————–TRADED
    Dan Connolly (shoulder)
    Alfonzo Denard (shoulder)
    Will Smith —————–RELEASED
    Adrian Wilson ————-RELEASED

  9. As a Pats fan, one thing scares me about Ayers. He was a second round draft pick and we all know Belichick has a fetish for second round picks that go the way of an old girlfriend soon after joining the Pats.

  10. Once again the pats think they can turn other teams scraps into gold. Belichick is not the zen master everyone claims him to be. His ego is too big and it’s hindering the team with th
    —-
    Or maybe the just got him for back up purposes and you’re trying to make it something more than it is.

  11. If people recall, there were several mock drafts the year Ayers came out projecting him as the Patriots 1st round pick.

  12. Hey seahawksfansince2013

    Just an FYI……

    First you have to win it all more than ONCE to even think of being a dynasty……
    Fact not opinion… & the way the seachickens are playing you might wanna slow your row their num num…😟
    My guess this is a depth move & if he returns to form than its a bonus…

    GO PATRIOTS…. .

  13. patriotsarespygaters says:
    Oct 21, 2014 4:40 PM
    dont trade with the pats just look at mankins he stinks now

    Yeah, beware Titans. Make sure that 6th round pick doesn’t fall apart as soon as you get it home. Ol’ Cheater Belichick is at it again.

  14. Ever wonder how mundane deals like this get done? Titans call Pats asking if they want Ayers. Pats say for a 7th? Titans say for a 6th. Pats say Ayers and your 7th for our 6th (split the difference)? Done?

  15. Hawks are the most talented team in the league and will repeat this year.
    In reality, when one team secretly videotapes the other teams practices and knows their signals, that doesn’t equal a dynasty either. So I guess we are even.

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans. #choochoohawksdynastytrain
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering

  16. It’s true … Ayers ROCKED as a rookie. I had major expectations for him after that, but injuries and then a new coaching staff that “doesn’t get him” kept him on the sideline. I can’t believe the teams also swapped draft picks–big win for the Patriots.

    – Titans Fan

  17. Titans and Pats could implode all I care, but how is a dude a bust if he started for 3 out of 4 years, had surgery and is now a backup?

  18. All these spygater idiots need to get their facts straight — the Pat DID NOT videotape any teams practices. The level of stupidity of the haters is just mind boggling.

  19. This is a deal that was dreamed up by Mike Dumbturdi, the former Cleveland GM. It will self destruct before the end of the season!

  20. seahawksfansince2013 says:
    Oct 21, 2014 6:02 PM

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans. #choochoohawksdynastytrain
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering

    Who is this clown?

  21. Hilarious that so many haters are down on the Pats taking a Tampa “bust”

    If this guy is half the “bust” Talib and Blount were they got a huge steal

  22. 2 things will happen here. First pats fans will rave how good of a trade it was. Second his career is over like the ones before him Billichecked added by trade.

  23. Low cost move to shore up the linebacking corps. Collins got shredded playing the run in 4-2-5 alignment vs. Jets. Ayers would allow Pats to move Hightower inside to replace Mayo and get back to a 4-3

  24. @jchipwood … chippy, you should worry more about your basement phins, and less about what Belichick is doing… you’re obsessed.

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