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Report: Patriots Make Trade With Tennessee Titans for LB Akeem Ayers

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It was reported on Tuesday that the Patriots had acquired linebacker Akeem Ayers, seen here during training camp, from the Tennessee Titans. Mark Humphrey/AP

The Boston Bruins may want to take a tip from the New England Patriots. For the third straight year, Bill Belichick and the Patriots have made a trade at or near the trade deadline.

This year, the Patriots acquired linebacker Akeem Ayers from the Tennessee Titans. According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the Patriots will send a sixth-round pick to the Titans in exchange for Ayers and a seventh-round pick.

The Titans drafted Ayers in the second round (39th overall) of the 2011 NFL draft, and the UCLA product spent the first three years of his career as a starting strong-side linebacker. Ayers has spent most of his time on the bench this season, inactive for five of the team's seven games, as the team has switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense.

With that being said, one has to wonder how much of a fit Ayers will be for the Patriots if they continue to run a 3-4 as their base defense.

But the Patriots are dangerously thin at the position, and only have four true linebackers (not special teams players or hybrid defensive ends) healthy after they lost linebacker Jerod Mayo for the season to a torn patellar tendon.

Ayers would know a thing or two about patellar tendons; he had two surgeries over the 2014 offseason to repair the patellar tendon in each knee. The Patriots have some insurance against that, however; if he fails a physical, the trade will be voided.

Whether he is healthy or not, this is a low-risk trade for the Patriots to potentially help address a position of need.

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