Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – The New England Patriots have acquired
linebacker Akeem Ayers from the Tennessee Titans to help fill the void created
when Jerod Mayo was lost for the season with a knee injury.
Compensation terms were not disclosed, but NFL.com has reported that the
Patriots will also acquire a seventh-round draft pick from the Titans and will
send Tennessee a sixth-round draft pick.
Ayers started 44 of the 50 games he played for the Titans, who selected him in
the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has compiled 254 total tackles with
nine sacks and two interceptions.
The 25-year-old UCLA product led all Tennessee linebackers with 88 tackles as
a rookie in 2011 and led the Titans with 110 tackles in 2012. However, he
struggled with knee injuries last year and this year had appeared in just two
of Tennessee’s seven games.
New England also released linebacker Ja’Gared Davis, who joined the active
roster from the practice squad on Oct. 4.