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Nick Fairley | Defensive Lineman | #90

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/23/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 308
College: Auburn
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (13) / DET
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The New Orleans Advocate reports free agent DT Nick Fairley (heart) wants to continue his career.
Per reporter Nick Underhill, it "almost certainly" won't be with the Saints. The Saints released Fairley early last month. Fairley evidently could not pass a physical in New Orleans but it's possible someone else will take a chance. Fairley remained effective before his heart issues cropped up. Mar 1 - 1:10 PM

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Saints released DT Nick Fairley.

The Saints believed Fairley's career was over due to a heart condition -- and he missed the entire 2017 season because of it -- but ESPN reported in January that Fairley might return to play. He obviously wouldn't get that clearance from the Saints, but 30-year-old Fairley could try to get it from another team.
Feb 5 - 5:41 PM

Saints DT Nick Fairley's career remains up in the air.

Fairley missed all last season with a heart condition. He filed a grievance against the Saints to avoid paying back his signing bonus, but there's been no resolution yet on his contract. Set to count $7 million against the 2018 cap, New Orleans will likely move on from Fairley this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Jan 26 - 6:20 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton hinted DT Nick Fairley's (heart, reserve/NFI) career is likely over.

The Saints have not revealed the details of Fairley's condition, but he was flagged for an enlarged heart at the 2011 Combine. As for Fairley returning, Payton said he would never "use that word never," but he added there is no way for Fairley's condition to improve. Fairley just signed a four-year, $28-million contract in March.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 08:56:00 AM

Saints placed DT Nick Fairley (heart) on the reserve/NFI list.

Fairley is expected to miss all of 2017, and his career is in grave danger. Per the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the decision was made after consulting with "several doctors." Fairley has received at least three opinions on his heart condition. It's bitterly disappointing news after Fairley appeared in all 16 games for the first time in six NFL seasons last year, amassing career highs in tackles (43) and sacks (6.5). It's also a major blow to a Saints defense that remained woefully ineffective in 2016.
Mon, Jun 26, 2017 04:37:00 PM

Saints DT Nick Fairley is waiting for a "third opinion" on his heart condition.

Coach Sean Payton said the first doctor's opinion was for Fairley to retire. The second was less conclusive. The decision is ultimately up to Fairley, but it sounds like there's a real chance he doesn't play football again. Fairley was originally flagged for the condition during the 2011 pre-draft process.
Thu, Jun 8, 2017 01:27:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jennifer Hale reports Saints DT Nick Fairley has been absent from OTAs due to a heart condition.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo adds teammates "haven't been able to get a hold" of Fairley. The heart condition is the same one Fairley was flagged for in his pre-draft physical. He's played the last seven seasons with it, but there's concern it could threaten the future of his career. Losing Fairley would be a huge blow after he just signed a four-year, $28 million deal. Sheldon Rankins and Tyeler Davison are the Saints' top defensive tackles behind Fairley.
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 08:04:00 PM

Saints re-signed DT Nick Fairley to a four-year, $28 million contract, including an $8 million signing bonus.

It's worth "almost" $30 million. Going all in on fixing their defense, the Saints were determined to retain Fairley's interior heat. The injury-prone 2011 first-rounder is coming off the first 16-game campaign of his career, which included a personal-best 6.5 sacks. Fairley contributed 723 snaps. Fairley will never be an every-down player, but was worth keeping for the Saints.
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 05:02:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints and free agent DT Nick Fairley are "closing in on a big-money contract."

"Big money" could mean many things, but there was speculation Fairley was looking for $10 million a year coming off yet another quality season. It seems unlikely he hits that mark, but a deal in the $7-8 million range could work for both sides. Fairley has played the last two season on one-year deals.
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 12:54:00 PM

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.
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 06:13:00 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Feb 21, 2017 01:20:00 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.
Wed, Feb 15, 2017 01:48:00 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

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