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Nick Fairley | Defensive Lineman | #90

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/23/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 308
College: Auburn
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (13) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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The New Orleans Times-Picayune expects free agent DT Nick Fairley to seek $10 million per season.
The New Orleans Advocate guessed a similar number a week ago. Reporter Larry Holder "can almost guarantee" the Saints will not be willing to pay that much. Holder expects New Orleans to get interested if Fairley's average annual value is in the $6 million range. Coming off an excellent year — and his 29th birthday — Fairley has every reason to seek top dollar. Feb 23 - 6:13 PM

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ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects impending free agent Nick Fairley to land a multi-year deal in the range of $6-9 million annually.

That's a fairly (no pun intended) wide range but as Triplett points out, Fairley's value is "tough to gauge." Fairley earned a $3 million base salary last season, though incentives increased that total to $4.5 million. Either way, it looks like Fairley is in for a nice raise after setting career-highs with 6.5 sacks and 43 tackles in 2016. The Saints have two promising young defensive tackles in Sheldon Rankins and David Onyemata, which could make Fairley expendable.
Feb 21 - 1:20 PM

The New Orleans Advocate's Nick Underhill reports the Saints and impending free agent Nick Fairley have mutual interest in a new contract.

After playing on back-to-back one-year deals with the Rams and Saints the past two seasons, Fairley is looking to cash in with a multi-year deal after another strong 2016. He recorded 6.5 sacks and 47 combined sacks, hits, and hurries, grading out as PFF's No. 8 pass-rushing interior lineman. Underhill thinks Fairley could be seeking $9.5-10.5 million annually on his new deal.
Feb 15 - 1:48 PM

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.
Mon, Mar 28, 2016 09:36:00 AM

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.
Fri, Mar 25, 2016 12:29:00 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.
Mon, Mar 21, 2016 09:18:00 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.
Thu, Mar 17, 2016 07:44:00 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.
Thu, Mar 17, 2016 04:23:00 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.
Mon, Mar 14, 2016 09:20:00 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.
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 05:59:00 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.
Sun, Mar 6, 2016 10:31:00 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
Sat, Feb 20, 2016 01:36:00 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

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