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Nick Fairley | Defensive Lineman

Team: St. Louis Rams
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/23/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 308
College: Auburn
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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. Mar 13 - 2:16 PM

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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.
Mar 13 - 12:09 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.
Mar 12 - 9:41 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.
Mar 11 - 2:37 PM

The Lions have begun informing agents around the NFL that they're out of the mix for free agent Nick Fairley.

One year after declining Fairley's 2015 option, the Lions appear to be washing their hands of the 2011 top-15 draft pick. Although Fairley has been a difference maker on the field when healthy, the Lions have special insight into him and must believe he isn't worth the trouble. Fairley will visit the Bengals today. He's the top interior D-Lineman left in free agency.
Mar 11 - 8:55 AM

Free agent DT Nick Fairley will visit the Bengals Wednesday.

It's been eerily quiet on the Fairley front, but we'd argue that no free agent left on the board has more upside. If he can get his conditioning right and knee under control, he has the ability to be a major disruption from the interior.
Mar 10 - 6:47 PM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports the Lions are still trying to re-sign DT Nick Fairley, but that he's "got some interest elsewhere."

The Lions badly need to keep Fairley after rolling the dice on Ndamukong Suh hitting the market. Fairley is Rotoworld's top rated remaining interior lineman.
Mar 10 - 1:27 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports the Lions have turned their attention to re-signing free agent DT Nick Fairley.

Beat writer Dave Birkett expects Ndamukong Suh to leave Detroit, with Fairley and a nose tackle as the Lions' most likely defensive tackle combination this season. Fairley will probably command around $5 million per year. The Lions, like many other teams, are "plenty worried" about Fairley's "health history."
Mar 8 - 9:32 AM

The Lions met with the player rep for free agent DT Nick Fairley at the Combine and came away believing the discussion was "very positive."

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Lions "expressed interest" in keeping Fairley. It's fair to wonder if retaining Fairley might cost Detroit free agent Ndamukong Suh. It's also fair to wonder if meeting Fairley's price tag would be a more sound financial investment than breaking the bank for Suh.
Feb 22 - 6:40 PM

The Lions met with free agent DT Nick Fairley's player rep at the Combine.

Fairley could be a fallback option if the Lions fail to re-sign Ndamukong Suh, but remains a long shot to return in Detroit. Fairley is Rotoworld's No. 2 free-agent defensive lineman.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 4:12 PM

Free agent DT Nick Fairley was found not guilty of DUI on Friday.

After a grueling three-day trial -- most DUI trials take an hour at most -- Fairley was absolved of the charges. He was only found guilty of reckless driving, which is a traffic ticket. It's a nice development before Fairley enters free agency. He just turned 26 and should land a lucrative deal.
Feb 13 - 2:42 PM

DetroitLions.com openly wonders if the team can "trust" free agent DT Nick Fairley.

The No. 13 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Fairley's four years in Detroit have been marred by weight woes, injuries and off-the-field issues. In between was some decent football, but nothing resembling consistency. Fairley insists his weight problems are behind him after he hired a personal chef, but he obviously hasn't earned the benefit of the doubt. The Detroit Free Press considers Fairley a "long shot" to return to Detroit.
Feb 5 - 4:02 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett considers free agent DT Nick Fairley a "long shot" to return to the Lions.

27-year-old Fairley presumably wore out his welcome due to large weight fluctuations and inconsistent on-field performance. He's still going to generate a ton of interest on the open market. When on his game, Fairley is very difficult to block, particularly when operating as a pass rusher.
Feb 1 - 2:09 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein says it will be very difficult for the Lions to retain both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in free agency.

Suh's upcoming titanic contract is going to shape the entire Lions' offseason. If they retain him -- either via a long-term deal or franchise/transition tag -- they'll have to let players like Fairley go. That would sting, but the defense showed this year they can play at a very high level without him. Fairley appeared in just eight games this season, making 14 tackles with one sack.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 12 - 10:03 AM

Free agent DT Nick Fairley said Monday that he plans to test the open market.

Fairley said he'd "like to come back and play in Detroit next year and beyond," but he'll "have to see how free agency goes." Fairley missed the second half of the 2014 season with a knee injury, but will be a hot commodity when free agency opens in March. He is a difference-maker on the interior line.
Jan 5 - 1:54 PM

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