Robert Ayers Is Not Happy

April 6th, 2018

Admits he’s bitter.

Joe wonders who Robert Ayers is throwing shade at?

In the days after the free agency dinner bell rang last month, the Bucs sent defensive end Robert Ayers packing. Within roughly an hour, it was announced the Bucs signed defensive end Vinny Curry.

Ayers didn’t have a bad year last year, albeit with two sacks. But he was released while he was on a cruise with his family. When he returned, he vowed to go to last week’s NFL owners meetings in Orlando to press flesh and work the velvet ropes for a new gig.

It seems Ayers hasn’t yet found a nibble and he’s getting steamed about it. He took to his Instagram account and unloaded his unemployment frustration.

1_900_ayersjr: All they see is two sacks and a 32 under the age column.. Ima let em stay sleep tho.. #CallMeBitter

How desperate does Ayers appear to be? He even sank to the level of using his grades hatched by the notorious PFF tribe.

If Ayers only knew how little NFL folks think of the PFF tribe, he might want to delete his grades from his Instagram account.

Joe wonders who Ayers shaded with his comment about sacks? Is it Jay Hayes? Is it Mike Smith?

49 Responses to “Robert Ayers Is Not Happy”

  1. JL47 Says:

    If you don’t wanna get cut, THEN PRODUCE! How hard is it to understand? It’s a business for crying out loyal!

  2. darin Says:

    Smith is my guess. Surprised he hasnt callled him out by name now that he is gone. Smith was terrrrrrible last year. No way to look at that any different

  3. JL47 Says:


  4. Garv Says:

    Yes, it’s a business and the players should know that. But it’s also a very highly paid business and being a millionaire many times over should lesson his frustration.

    I wish Robert Ayers the best, he came to play every game.

  5. Pepsi Says:

    Is he throwing shade at anyone or is he just saying he’s frustrated that teams are doubting him because he only had 2 sacks… stating the obvious basically.

  6. Aaron Says:

    Notice he didnt mention the $6m dollar salary. If he has a $1m dollar salary he may still be here to compete. Good Luck Robert, I think you’ll get a chance after the draft to get a gig…

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Tell him to contact Chucky….he can always get a reference from Tmax.

  8. Pepsi Says:

    And joe, Ayers was on the field on every play where the opposing QB was brewing a coffee and reading the paper before throwing a psss. He most certainly had a bad year.
    There’s a huge divide on this at JoeBucsFan world headquarters. –Joe

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    I don’t think he’s throwing shade at either……I think he’s frustrated because he’s 32 years old coming off a 2sack season……he knows the nfl is a “what have you done for me lately business” and lately he hasn’t done to much……

    I wouldnt mind bringing him back for the vet min… this point we cant count on spence to remain healthy the entire season….he played well with JPP in NYC before…..he may be a little more motivated….

    if he aint signed by TC, bring him in, let him get some work and help show the DE rookie(s) the ropes…..

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!…GO BUCS!!!!!

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    Well hell – lets bring him back for $2.5M this year if the market for him is that soft. We need all the help we can get at DL despite the “acquisitions”. Ayers comes to play and is good for the locker room. If we can get him back for cheap its well worth it IMO. He’d produce more for us this year in a rotational role than any DE we could draft I bet.

  11. TOM Says:

    Only having two sacks was two more than worthless Gholston had. Why didn’t he get cut? I would consider signing him to the NFL minimum.

  12. Alexander Nascimento Says:

    Drafting a DE no matteer what, do you think he could be a good depth signee for the Bucs?

  13. Dave Says:

    It sucks but he had to know this was coming. Look at his age, contract and production numbers; there was no other outcome. It would be irresponsible to keep him on under the terms of his previous contract. Maybe at the minimum Veteran’s pay scale. That would be a good deal for the Bucs and Ayers. Sure beats unemployment and it is still a hell of a lot of money compared to sitting on the couch.

  14. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Well, he is an ex-Buccaneer so no ones cares.

  15. Mike Johnson Says:

    GMC faced double teams just about in every game. And still our Defensive Ends got very little pressure on the QB. Some blame goes to Ayers. And a ton of blame goes to the infamous Dc..pressbox Smitty. Smith either does not know how or when to take advantage of matchups to get sacks or he fails to be creative enough to allow/setup his DE’s to put more pressure on the QB. If Smith would just stop eatin Tacos in the pressbox and get down on the field with his troops…..
    But lets see what the excuse will be this year. Better not have any Smitty. Your door is closing fast!

  16. Lord Cornelius Says:

    100% what 813 said

  17. Lamarcus Says:

    Mike johnson

    GMC doesn’t get every play. Hardly gets doubled. Just whoever lines up next to him will surely decline.

  18. Issic Haggins Says:

    Yes what 813 said ,I would even go higher than league min . Being friends with big Swaggy hurt Ayers swagger a bit !!

  19. Walter Seidel Says:

    Every time I see that photo of Ayers, it reminds me of Bill Murray in Caddyshack.

  20. ContePiscateli Says:

    Look no one is dying to sign a older defensive end released from the team with the most anemic pass rush in the NFL. If you can’t find a place on our D-Line, why would anyone else want you.

  21. unbelievable Says:

    Lol I thought the same thing Walter!

  22. JonBuc Says:

    When your play can no longer back up your words…bitterness often ensues. He’s had a good career overall…somewhat considered a 1st round bust in Denver yet rallied for a few decent seasons and pay days. He’ll be lucky to get a 1 year deal near the minimum at this stage.

  23. SCBucsFan Says:

    A great way to get a job is to trash your former employer and burn bridges

  24. tnew Says:

    I didn’t think Ayers had an awful season, but he wasn’t part of the solution for sure. If he wants back in for cheaper, then fine, but there was no way to justify his contract. He might not want to play for 2-4 million, but that will be his value.

  25. NFLNut Says:

    He threw shade at THE ENTIRE NFL as NO TEAM has signed him yet

  26. The Buc Realist Says:

    I would like to see RA jr back as a back up off the bench player for 1.5-2 million on a 1 year deal if DE is ignored in the draft!!!!!! I think he is a CM98 type player that is not a full time starter and gets injured every year!!!! But off the bench has value and maximizes their production!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. John meeks Says:

    Clearly lost a few steps last year and teams have plenty of tape to look at and see he isn’t the player he was a couple years ago.many players are in the same situation as Ayers, that’s just the nature of the beast in the NFL.

  28. BucEmUp Says:

    Do not worry Mr AYERS, jpp will have low numbers and everyone will says he’s washed up and call for Jason lichts head when it’s really the soft zone coverage allowing everyone to be wife open as soon as the qb has the ball in his hands.

    New DC FOR 2019!!!!!!!!! CAN’T WAIT!

  29. D-Rome Says:

    All they see is two sacks and a 32 under the age column.. Ima let em stay sleep tho

    BREAKING NEWS: Mike Smith slept through team meetings! That would explain the Bucs being the worst defense in the NFL!

  30. idiaznet Says:

    I think a lot of the lack of production for the DL falls on both the players and the position coach. All of the Defensive Coordinators I have worked for allowed me to work my lines. They would call the blitzes, can backend coverages. They had very little hand fighting going on with maybe 1 or 2 predictable moves. (No Ghost Move, No real RIP, minor swim moves and mostly Bull Rushes) No Line stunts to speak of. It was emabarrasing to watch the lack of effort on the DL.

  31. Defense Rules Says:

    Fascinating observation idiaznet, and I agree. Part of last year’s poor performance was an obvious lack of talent IMO, and part of it was Hayes not being able to ‘coach them up’ (‘predictable moves’). Smitty & Koetter bear some responsibility for the poor DLine play, as does Licht (marginal DLine talent cam from where?). When your defense is 32nd in the league in passing yards allowed and 23rd in rushing yards allowed then it’s fair to say changes need to be made. And they have been.

  32. Lamarcus Says:

    That rb that blasted him in Miami was very bad for optics. I think he is done after that truck stick

  33. gotbbucs Says:

    Robert Ayers talking tough…..weird. Never seen that before.

  34. gotbbucs Says:

    If Robert Ayers, at 32 years old, still needed a position coach to “coach him up” then he should be absolutely ashamed of himself. It always someone else’s fault, never the player.

  35. PRBucFan Says:

    It’s directed at everyone whose not taking a shot on him.

  36. Not there yet Says:

    That’s an easy answer because the defensive coach is garbage and I have a hard time believing that will change no matter the upgrade. Koetter should get that exact same criticism of the offense doesn’t improve with a new running back

  37. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    He has to accept responsibility for his own production. I don’t care who is coaching…a good DE gets sacks regardless of scheme.

  38. Capt.Tim Says:

    Ayers was absolutely worthless last year.
    He lost his inside move. Any spin or bull rush would get absolutely crushed!!
    So he just kept trying to go around the corner.

    And Every OT he played against would easily push him wide of the pocket.
    Some stat Keepers count being behind the QB as pressure.
    Even if he is 15 yards behind the QB.

    Playing with an Incredible DT like Gerald McCoy- who blows up the pocket EVERY PLAY!!!- Ayers shoulda had 8 sacks , just from McCoy herding them his way

    Good Luck Mr.Ayers- best wishes for the future.
    But 32 may be it

  39. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    All I see is 2 sacks…

  40. Wesley Says:

    He was a waste of space and all talk.

  41. SteelStudBuc Says:

    I saw Ayers on his back looking for wooden nickels many times

  42. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    “If Robert Ayers, at 32 years old, still needed a position coach to “coach him up” then he should be absolutely ashamed of himself. It always someone else’s fault, never the player.”

    Amen GB! This is why I laugh at all the coaching comments. Its the NFL…as in PROFESSIONAL football…I get beotching about the play calling…that effects the NFL as much as the NCAA….but “coaching guys up”…what does that even mean….working on technique these guys have been coached about for a half dozen years in high school and college?

    So why do we automatically assume it’s the coaches. Could it be we have some intellectually challenged players who do not pay attention?

    Could it be a lack of talent and injuries? That’s what gets my vote.

    Some of you may claim Licht was stupid to think Noah would come back from the bad shoulder…but when Noah went out we lost our best outside pass rusher from a team that has no other options.

    I do not believe Koetter wanted to injure #3 and cost us three missing games as well as several more obviously effected…he played well the final four games.

    I do not believe Smitty hurt Spence…I do not believe Smitty wanted to lose Kwon for three games or Grimes for three or LVD for a couple.

  43. Seattle Buc Says:

    Retire and invest your millions wisely. Enjoy your wealth and security

  44. JimmyJack Says:

    The only thing Ayers brought to the table was a big fat mouth. He was downright bad. I don’t know how anybody sees it different.

    The only thing I’ve heard touted about Ayers is that get suppostily gets all this pressure. I think if you were to see all those pressures on film it would be underwhelming.

  45. Jjones Says:

    Ayers come on man, you didn’t perform and that’s who’s fault?

  46. BigMacAttack Says:

    Ayers is good guy. He did his best and appreciate his contribution. It’s a tough place to be at 32, but with a college degree and millions of dollars in the bank, it’s hard to feel sorry for him. Move on bro, you have a long life ahead of you and you’re not too beat up. Focus on the positive and leave the hate in the trash. It will weigh you down.

  47. godzilla13 Says:

    I bet the house that Robert Ayers signs with a team before the season starts? He is still better than 80% of the DE’s in the league.

  48. PistolPete Says:

    Oh boy…am I ever glad I didn’t grow up in a time where the first instinct is to post stuff on social media when you’re not getting your way….I likely wouldn’t have had a job if I was doing stuff like this.
    Also as a potential employer, I would probably avoid a guy at his age that’s griping about not having a gig because he was unproductive and he’s potentially “aged out”.
    Finally, dude was a starting Defensive End, his lack of productivity isn’t his coaches fault.

  49. destinjohnny Says:

    Father Time is undefeated