Former Denver Broncos Defensive End Robert Ayers signs 2-year deal with New York Giants
|Former Denver Broncos Defensive Lineman Robert Ayers signs a 2-year deal with the New York Giants. Courtesy: Steve Dykes/Getty Images|
Ayers, 28, inked a 2-year deal with the Giants worth $4 million with $1.75 million guaranteed, according to +ESPN.
Ayers drafted by the Broncos in the first round with the 18th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft. Last season he played in 15 games with three starts, posting a career-best 5.5 sacks and 29 tackles.
The 6-3, 274 pound lineman is moving closer to home as he was born in Jersey City, N.J.
This is the second Broncos defender the Giants have swept up from the team during free agency. The Giants signed cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on March 18.
+BRONCOS CR3W says thank you, to yet another class act, on and off the field, and wishes him the best on his next chapter of his football career as he joins the +New York Giants with a 2 year deal. Did it the "Broncos' Way" and that is a standard that we all can hope for really. Doing it the "Broncos" way is a quite difficult task to do, set by greats like Tripucka, Elway, Terrell Davis, Karl Mecklenburg, and so on. There is no doubt, if that's the standard set by those Hall of Famers, it is very much appreciated when a player does it as such. He really was a young leader with this team beginning early into his 2nd year. Granted, we figured this was the fate with the defensive line depth, in the draft, but mainly with Ware signing and Derek Wolfe expected to be back. Wolfe returning is nearly adding a free agent since it was uncertain regarding his future in the sport. Add to the main ingredient of that, Malik Jackson really blossomed last year as a 3 or 4 technique DT/DE and he provided interior pressure at DT, which is much more difficult than at DE. Nonetheless, Mr. Robert Ayers did it the right way and we appreciate the guy becoming such a great man entering the league at the age of 22ish. That is not an easy load to carry, let alone, going out and playing football as expected.
In one of the most revered 'recent' Broncos moments, this sack on Tom Brady of the +New England Patriots in the AFC Championship was indeed one of those. The Giants added a great leader in the locker room and a smart player that can fulfill his type of role that is expected. That is really what football is, especially at the top level. With the size and speed these players possess, they often can be out of position or run back around on a reverse and cut against the grain because of the opponents talent level not being higher than an average college football athlete. In the pros, however, if you don't hold your assignment, it is often the difference of 7 pts. for one club and not for another. Thanks for being a great Bronco, Robert!! One of the greatest plays of 2013 was Ayers sack on Tom Brady in the +NFL's AFC Championship game.— UnitedInOrange187 (@UIO187) March 29, 2014
|Photo Courtesy: Denver Broncos (AP)|
|GIANTS sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (who missed out on some extra money by allowing Denver to pursue alternatives, cough cough, Aqib Talib)|
|Absolutely a great memory! Ayers sacks Brady in 2013 AFC Championship|
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