Former Buccaneer defensive end retires

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Veteran defensive end and former Buccaneer Robert Ayers has retired after nine seasons in the NFL.

Ayers was a Denver Broncos 2009 first-round draft pick out of the University of Tennessee. He played for four different teams (Broncos, Giants, Buccaneers, and Lions) in his nine years.

Ayers career stats are as follows:

Total tackles:257
Sacks:35.0
Pass deflections:14
Forced fumbles:8
Fumble recoveries:3
Defensive touchdowns:1

Ayers signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions in August of 2018 only to be released the next day. He was not signed by a team since his release.

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