The Lions opted not to pick up the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Nick Fairley’s rookie contract in order to give him extra incentive in what became a contract year.
So far, it hasn’t worked.
“If you’re asking me whether or not Fairley is going to be a starter, he’s not starting right now,” Caldwell said, via ESPN.com. “He’s second team. . . . But the rest of it, we’ll look. It’s a long week. We’ve got a lot of work to do in between and typically like most games, we’ll take a look at where we are and make an assessment on that toward the end of the week.”
In other words, if Fairley finally reaches the potential that made him a first-round draft choice on a consistent basis, he’ll return to the starting lineup. If chasing a new contract won’t flip that switch, nothing ever will.