The New England Patriots are reportedly close to agreeing a trade with the Tennessee Titans for fourth-year linebacker Akeem Ayers.
According to Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt the deal for the former UCLA man, and 2011 second-round draft pick, is close to completion and should go through in the near future unless any issues show up in the physical.
With Ayers having undergone double knee surgery during the offseason this summer that remains a possibility. The player's brother, Kevin Ayers, however doesn't seem to concerned - tweeting out the following message Tuesday evening.
"So my brother is a patriot now."
Jason La Canfora added further detail on the trade, the NFL insider for CBS Sports noting that the two franchises will swap seventh round picks in order to facilitate Ayers switch to the three-time Super Bowl winners.
The Patriots have made the move on the back of starting linebacker Jerod Mayo's season ending injury picked up in Week Six.
Mayo saw his campaign curtailed for the second season running after going down in the Patriots' 37-22 win over Buffalo, and with the defensive captain failing to offer coach Bill Belichick any sort of stability in the position it is not surprising that the franchise has moved to fill the gap.
But have they chosen the right guy? Ayers as mentioned is far from Mr. consistency when it comes to health following his recent surgery and has started just two games for the Titans in 2014 - registering three tackles in the process.
In his three seasons prior to that however 2011's 39th overall pick managed 232 combined tackles, nine sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.
It seems that his time in Tennessee was destined to be cut short however with the Titans opting for a 3-4 defense and Ayers excelling in the 4-3 system.
The 6-foot-3, 255-pound linebacker will likely link up with the Patriots as they prepare for a Week Eight match up against the Chicago Bears.