Veteran Linebacker Akeem Ayers Joins Colts

Intro: A familiar face joined the Colts on Tuesday afternoon when outside linebacker Akeem Ayers agreed to terms with a team he knows quite well.


INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday afternoon, the Colts added a vet to their edge-rushing group.

Akeem Ayers, a 2011 second-round pick, agreed to terms with the Colts.

In five NFL seasons, Ayers has played in 75 career games (57 starts) and has compiled 337 tackles and 13.5 sacks.

Ayers, 6-3 and 255 pounds, has spent time with the Titans (2011-2014), Patriots (2014) and Rams (2015).

The Rams released Ayers during final roster cuts this past weekend. With the Rams, Ayers played more in a 4-3 defense, where as the Colts employ a 3-4 scheme under new coordinator Ted Monachino.

The outside linebacker room for the Colts now has five players, with Ayers joining the likes of Robert Mathis, Erik Walden, Trent Cole and Curt Maggitt.

To make room for Ayers, the Colts waived newly signed cornerback Neiko Thorpe.

With Thorpe gone, the Colts enter the week of practice for the Lions with just three healthy cornerbacks (Antonio Cromartie, Patrick Robinson and Darryl Morris). Robinson returned to practice on Monday after missing some time due to a groin injury.

Vontae Davis (ankle) and Darius Butler (ankle) both missed Monday's practice. Chuck Pagano said on Monday the Colts were hopeful Butler would practice later this week.

Also on Tuesday, the Colts rounded out their 10-man practice squad by signing Purdue's Frankie Williams, who initially made the 53-man roster in Indy over the weekend.

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