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Report: Jets interested in Nick Fairley

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 27:  Defensive tackle Nick Fairley #98 of the St. Louis Rams looks on prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

As the Jets sort out their free agency plan and defensive line situation, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported Monday that the Jets are prepared to pursue Rams defensive tackle Nick Fairley if necessary.

Jets nose tackle Damon Harrison is set to hit the free agent market Wednesday and probably will get more money than the Jets can afford. Mehta’s report said the Jets “would love to trade” defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who got the team’s franchise tag last week.

The Jets have some financial maneuvering to do and also have quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and running back Chris Ivory set to hit the free agent market if they aren’t re-signed before it opens Wednesday.

Fairley signed an incentive-laden one-year deal with the Rams last March and played in 15 games as a backup defensive tackle. Though he had a quiet season statistically, he’ll likely land a healthy new contract because so many teams value his skill set as an interior pass rusher.

Fairley, 28, was a first-round pick of the Lions in 2011.

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10 Responses to “Report: Jets interested in Nick Fairley”
  1. smstonerock says: Mar 7, 2016 9:20 PM

    Very underrated player.

  2. fumblenuts says: Mar 7, 2016 9:23 PM

    Wonder if he is still dealing with weight issues??

  3. jag1959 says: Mar 7, 2016 9:30 PM

    Regardless of whether or not something makes sense, why is it with Mehta the one reporting something it’s just so hard to lend it credence? Is it just a few of us Giants and Jets fans or would most of you double check the calendar before you’d believe it if he reported tomorrow was Tuesday?

  4. nflfollower says: Mar 7, 2016 9:40 PM

    An unmotivated player. Will keep getting cheap one year contracts as teams hope they will catch him in a motivated state.

  5. kev86 says: Mar 7, 2016 9:41 PM

    Who is the QB? They need other positions too. Weird leak

  6. motleytrap says: Mar 7, 2016 10:25 PM

    Personal stats don’t show it but he had a pretty good year.

    Of course, old narratives die hard.

  7. polegojim says: Mar 7, 2016 10:31 PM

    ‘He had a quiet season…’ is pretty much the line on Nick Fairley’s career.

    UNDERrated??? Naw.

    Lazy player who wants to continue to cash in on his size and ‘potential’.

    Why do teams think his Rams deal was so heavily tied to incentives??? You CAN’T pay Nick straight up… he’ll just get fat on the cash and slow down even more.

  8. ppc50 says: Mar 7, 2016 10:33 PM

    The Cowboys should get Fairley!

  9. ohand16 says: Mar 7, 2016 10:46 PM

    Are the Jets purposely trying to tank next season? Nick Fairley…are you kidding me?

  10. touchdownelvis says: Mar 7, 2016 10:51 PM

    Why are the Jets so keen to trade Wilkerson? I mean, as a Pats fan, I’d love it if they did just that, but I’m not sure I get their reasoning with Sheldon Richardson one wrong step away from a year of unpaid leave.

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