The Giants have signed defensive end Robert Ayers to a two-year deal, the team announced.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me, coming to a great organization like this,” Ayers said. “They hate losing and they’re always about getting better and preparing and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the general manager and the owners, the coaches. Everyone speaks highly of them across the league. They’re a blue-collar organization, and I’m looking forward to being part of that. I left the Denver Broncos, who were a good organization, and I feel like I’m going to just as good or better of an organization. It’s going to be good to come here and be with leaders like Jon Beason and Antrel Rolle and Eli (Manning). It’s going to be a good experience for me, and hopefully I can help this team win.
Ayers had five and half sacks with the Broncos in 2013. In five seasons, all with the Broncos, Ayers has 12 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He has 102 total tackles, 23 of which came last season.
John Fennelly, Lead WriterAyers, 28, was the No. 18 overall selection out of Tennessee in the 2009 NFL Draft. The Broncos originally used the Jersey City native as an OLB before moving him to DE in 2011.
Ayers is not known for his passrushing ability, recording only 12 sacks over his five-year career, although 5.5 of those came in 2013.
The Giants will use him in their DE rotation as a situational player. They currently have only three DE’s on the roster – Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka and Damontre Moore.