Ayers (6-3, 274, Tennessee) was the Broncos' second of two first-round draft picks in 2009, selected eighteenth overall by Denver. Ayers played defensive end for the Volunteers, starting on the right side in his senior season. The decision was productive, as Ayers totalled 49 tackles, three sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss.
Ayers has yet to live up to his first-round draft status. In his five seasons with the Broncos, Ayers has played in 72 games, starting just 27 of those. He began as a converted linebacker, switching back to primarily defensive end in 2011, while also taking snaps at defensive tackle. He has registered just 142 total tackles in his career, including 12 sacks, a season high 5.5 of those coming in 2013.
The Bengals are doubtlessly exploring signing Ayers as a bargain-level replacement for Michael Johnson, who signed last week with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To do so, they may have to wrangle Ayers away from the New York Giants.