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Nick Fairley | Defensive Lineman | #90

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/23/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 308
College: Auburn
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (13) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Saints signed DT Nick Fairley, formerly of the Rams, to a one-year contract.
After the Patriots dropped out of the running, New Orleans was Fairley's only destination. Fairley found a surprisingly cold market despite playing well in a rotational role with the Rams last season. The one-year deal will give him another chance to rehab his value before heading out to free agency again next offseason. The 2011 first-rounder just turned 28 in January. The Saints will likely have to make a roster move to fit Fairley under the cap. Mar 28 - 9:36 AM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots are "out" on free agent DT Nick Fairley, and he's expected to sign with the Saints.

Fairley surprisingly drew very little interest on the open market despite showing well in a rotational role with the Rams last season. It didn't do much to rehab his value, however, as he's again settling in the second wave of free agency after inking a one-year pact with the Rams last March. Fairley should give the Saints' interior pass rush a nice jolt. They desperately need it.
Mar 25 - 12:29 PM

Free agent DT Nick Fairley is visiting with the Patriots at the NFL Owners Meetings.

Fairley has also met with the Saints, and the Rams are reportedly interested in re-signing him "at the right price." After losing Akiem Hicks to the Bears in free agency, the Patriots could use more depth along the defensive line. Fairley was effective in a rotational role with the Rams last season.
Mar 21 - 9:18 AM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Rams are only interested in re-signing DT Nick Fairley "at the right price."

It appears they might get it, as Fairley has made only one visit eight days into free agency. He was in New Orleans on Thursday. The Saints are amongst the most cap-strapped teams in the league. Fairley was effective in 2015, but a rotational player behind Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers.
Mar 17 - 7:44 PM's Ian Rapoport reports free agent DT Nick Fairley is visiting the Saints.

Fairley has been linked to the Eagles and Jets, but this is his first known visit. Fairley is coming off a strong year for the Rams. He'd be paired with John Jenkins in New Orleans.
Mar 17 - 4:23 PM

NJ Advance Media's Mark Eckel reports the Eagles have "serious interest" in free agent DT Nick Fairley.

The Philadelphia Inquirer brought up the Eagles as a possible landing spot for Fairley early in free agency. Fairley was drafted by new Eagles DC Jim Schwartz in Detroit, and he would give the defensive line rotation a true 4-3 tackle. The Jets are also rumored to be interested.
Mar 14 - 9:20 AM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets are interested in free agent DT Nick Fairley.

Beat writer Manish Mehta calls Fairley a "contingency plan" for a Jets defensive line that appears likely to lose free agent NT Damon Harrison, and could conceivably move on from RE Muhammad Wilkerson if GM Mike Maccagnan finds a trade partner. Fairley would be a rotational sub-rusher in the Jets' 3-4 defense. He has spent his entire NFL career playing in 4-3 schemes.
Mar 7 - 5:59 PM

Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer mentioned DT Nick Fairley as a player the Eagles could pursue in free agency.

Fairley broke into the league with the Lions under Jim Schwartz, who is now the Eagles' defensive coordinator. Even though he was just a rotational player in St. Louis last season, Berman expects Fairley to get "starter's money." Berman said the Eagles may also have interest in free agent ILB Stephen Tulloch, who played under Schwartz in both Detroit and Tennessee.
Mar 6 - 10:31 AM

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner does not expect the team to re-sign impending free agent DT Nick Fairley.

Fairley recorded just half a sack in his first year with the Rams, but he was consistently disruptive and earned a solid grade against the run from Pro Football Focus. The Rams have several important pieces on defense including both starting corners headed to free agency, and DT Michael Brockers is entering the final year of his deal. With Los Angeles focused on other players, Wagoner believes Fairley will get a better offer somewhere else.
Source: ESPN
Feb 20 - 1:36 PM

Rams placed DT Nick Fairley on injured reserve with a concussion, ending his season.

Doug Worthington (thigh) has also been sent to I.R. Fairley went down early in last week's win over the Seahawks. Fairley was a part-time player this season, playing only 427 snaps, but was highly effective. Headed back to free agency, he'll generate plenty of interest.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 05:10:00 PM

The Rams are concerned about DT Nick Fairley being underweight.

Fairley has a history of conditioning issues, but needs to bulk up after dropping to 280 pounds this offseason. "Nick’s changed his lifestyle, changed his diet," coach Jeff Fisher said. "We’re trying to get some weight back on him. He’s worked hard the last couple of weeks." Fairley's role will be to rush the passer in sub-packages. He shouldn't be heavier than 290 or so.
Fri, Jun 12, 2015 06:10:00 PM

New Rams DT Nick Fairley says he's down to 280 pounds, and will actually work to put weight on before the season.

Fairley's weight was a constant issue during his four years in Detroit, but he had it mostly under control for 2014. Fairley's Combine weigh in was 291 pounds. That's probably the area the Rams will want him in for 2015.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 02:16:00 PM

Rams signed DT Nick Fairley, formerly of the Lions, to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The Rams have arguably the deepest defensive line in the league, loaded with five former first-round picks in Fairley, 2014 DROY Aaron Donald, DT Michael Brockers, RE Robert Quinn, and LE Chris Long. Fairley will slide in behind starters Brockers and Donald, but should be a fixture on passing downs, replacing Brockers next to Donald. This front-four is downright scary.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 12:09:00 PM

Free agent DT Nick Fairley will visit the Rams on Thursday.

Imagine if the Rams added Fairley to their already-dominant defensive line. In St. Louis, Fairley would form a three-headed monster at defensive tackle with 2012 first-rounder Michael Brockers and last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year Aaron Donald. Fairley left his visit with the Bengals on Wednesday.
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 09:41:00 AM

The Rams have reached out to free agent DT Nick Fairley.

The addition of Fairley would make St. Louis' defensive line even nastier than it already is, upgrading the rotational talent behind starters Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald. Brockers leaves the field on many passing downs, which is where Fairley would fit in. Fairley is also on the Bengals' radar.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 02:37:00 PM

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