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Nick Fairley set to meet with Patriots

Chicago Bears running back Ka'Deem Carey, right, runs with the ball as St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Nick Fairley defends during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) AP

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley has drawn interest from a variety of teams since the start of free agency and that list is set to grow this week.

Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com was on a flight to the owners meetings in Florida on Monday when he saw Fairley, who told him he was on his way there as well. Fairley’s reason for heading to Boca is not for a condo board election, but for a visit with members of the Patriots organization.

Fairley has also been on the radar of the Jets, Eagles and Saints in the last couple of weeks. He told Wagoner that he is also still talking to the Rams about a possible return to the organization for a second season.

The Patriots have signed a pair of defensive linemen this offseason with Frank Kearse and Chris Long joining the team as free agents. Sealver Siliga and Akiem Hicks have moved on to Seattle and Chicago, respectively, while Chandler Jones was traded to Arizona.

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29 Responses to “Nick Fairley set to meet with Patriots”
  1. boltergeist19 says: Mar 21, 2016 9:05 AM

    This is not a fit, I believe this. He will leave with no kibble. I see fairly with another team maybe skins, or Dallas.

  2. bencoates57 says: Mar 21, 2016 9:19 AM

    Good fit . Will look forward to seeing him in a Patriots uniform.

  3. steve11blog says: Mar 21, 2016 9:20 AM

    what about the Dolphins to pair up again with Sue
    he is still young and not bad

  4. tylawspick6 says: Mar 21, 2016 9:21 AM

    If he is hungry and wants to try to help win a ring, welcome as a complementary player in the 4-3 DT role and maybe a way to help re-invigorate his career for a couple of years.

    2 year deal, 3-4 mil per.

  5. ppc50 says: Mar 21, 2016 9:22 AM

    Dallas needs to make a move on Fairley.

  6. ocgunslinger says: Mar 21, 2016 9:27 AM

    He’ll be a great fit if Belichick thinks enough of him and he knows how he would be used.

  7. nflequalswwe says: Mar 21, 2016 9:27 AM

    We’ve got “not a fit” and “good fit” in order…I’ll go with “possible fit”? The only reason it’s possible is because he could surely get more elsewhere; but otherwise a guy with his size and skill set (despite being bust-esque given his draft status) can be an asset in almost any scheme as part of the rotation. Fingers crossed!

  8. gisellichek says: Mar 21, 2016 9:32 AM

    BB needs to get this done…

  9. shiz1156 says: Mar 21, 2016 9:38 AM

    This is as big of a signing as trading for Bennett for Pats, he will bring a nastiness to that D, that it desperately needs. Browner brought that and they kinda missed it last year.

  10. shiz1156 says: Mar 21, 2016 9:44 AM

    If it happens

  11. whodey83 says: Mar 21, 2016 9:45 AM

    Who knew so many of you are contract savvy execs? I’m impressed. Did you go the law school route or did you play? Maybe your uncle owns a team?

  12. 6ball says: Mar 21, 2016 10:01 AM

    .
    Throughout his brief career, Fairley has performed below expectations. A short term deal with the Patriots would allow him to revitalize his career and then take another whack at free agency from a position of strength.

    A lot of players have used their short time with the Patriots to cash in with another club : Aqib Talib, Akeem Ayers, Jonathan Casillas, Akeem Hicks, and Darrelle Revis to name a few.
    .

  13. laxcoach37 says: Mar 21, 2016 10:01 AM

    Wait! I was under the impression that the Patriots did not use Free Agency to build a team. At least that is what they proclaim in every other team’s article comments.

  14. hashfest says: Mar 21, 2016 10:02 AM

    He’s a bum

  15. jcmeyer10 says: Mar 21, 2016 10:05 AM

    Bill is making a habit of taking guys who were underappreciated, misused, etc, and getting them decent pay days.

    May make it easier for Fairley to take a little bit less.

  16. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 21, 2016 10:07 AM

    He’s not a Belichick type of player. This should be interesting. He has the motivation of Haynesworth..

  17. tigerlilac says: Mar 21, 2016 10:07 AM

    “Who knew so many of you are contract savvy execs? I’m impressed. Did you go the law school route or did you play? Maybe your uncle owns a team?”

    That’s funny.

  18. gbpakrfan says: Mar 21, 2016 10:07 AM

    Come on Ted Thompson!

  19. 205diamonds says: Mar 21, 2016 10:24 AM

    laxcoach37 says:
    Wait! I was under the impression that the Patriots did not use Free Agency to build a team. At least that is what they proclaim in every other team’s article comments.

    —–
    Read a little more carefully and you’ll see that the Patriots tend to not use FA in first few days (as those are days that teams overspend and get themselves into a salary cap hell.

    Once the first round of overspending is done and players need to sign to bring up their own value (and are thus aptly motivated), BB tends to sign them to fill a team need.

  20. bullcharger says: Mar 21, 2016 10:25 AM

    laxcoach37 says:
    Mar 21, 2016 10:01 AM

    Wait! I was under the impression that the Patriots did not use Free Agency to build a team. At least that is what they proclaim in every other team’s article comments.

    —————

    No one ever said they don’t take free agents. They often take chances on free agents that weren’t a good fit elsewhere for reasonably little risk. Some times they work out and sometimes they don’t, but they don’t break the bank either way. Randy Moss sucked in Oakland and broke the TD record with the Patriots. Ocho, not so much. When it does work out there is a massive impact. When it doesn’t, it doesn’t hurt the team much.

    I can’t think of the last time they broke the bank for a Free Agent if they ever have in the BB era. Maybe Colvin and Harrison, but it wasn’t that big of a splash.

  21. heroofthisparish says: Mar 21, 2016 10:28 AM

    Fairly had limited chances behind Donald and Brockers but was still good when he got chances.

    He also played underweight (around 280lbs) last year due to the work he put in and the new dietician he had. If he can stay in shape but add and 15lbs someone will get am awesome player. And probably for a bargain price.

    Comparing Fairly to Haynesworth is just plain dumb.

  22. polegojim says: Mar 21, 2016 10:28 AM

    To fit or not to fit? That is the question…

    It’s answered by WHICH Nick Fairley decides to show up.

    So far, the check cashing, game vacation Fairley has prevailed.

    RE-Invigorate his career? He’s the one that submarined it by laziness. Beyond getting paid and landing an initial contract, Nick has shown little interest in actually PLAYING football anywhere near his potential.

    .5 sacks last year… and played all season? You’re excited about that?

  23. lgw91s says: Mar 21, 2016 10:37 AM

    I can’t think of the last time they broke the bank for a Free Agent if they ever have in the BB era. Maybe Colvin and Harrison, but it wasn’t that big of a splash
    ———
    Adalius Thomas comes to mind.

  24. jojovie131 says: Mar 21, 2016 10:48 AM

    Other than adalius Thomas who broke the bank, the patriots are 50/50 going for FAs who usually struggle elsewhere but have loads of talent. So roll the dice, risk/reward.
    Why doesn’t other teams copy BB? Bc they are spoiled!

  25. nhpats says: Mar 21, 2016 11:06 AM

    BB is loading up for another SB run.

  26. tattooit says: Mar 21, 2016 11:24 AM

    They need OL help. Desperately. Brady took a nasty beating in the AFCCG.

  27. dpberke says: Mar 21, 2016 11:27 AM

    nhpats says:
    Mar 21, 2016 11:06 AM

    BB is loading up for another SB run

    ————————————-

    The NFL season by definition is always another BB super bowl run. Fact. This is New England, not some other lame NFL locale!!

  28. tylawspick6 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:08 PM

    Jealousy to remain at an all time high.

    lol

    The greatest sports run in history. To think this goes on with Goodell trying to cheat the Pats whenever possible and in the cap era?

    Incredible.

  29. criticaldsj says: Mar 21, 2016 1:33 PM

    Patriots fans and observers in 2016 “nothing will help this guy revitalize his career like a short term deal.”

    Rams fans and observers in 2015 “nothing will help this guy revitalize his career like a short term deal.”

    If being on the Rams’ defensive front didn’t do it, playing in New England with multiple looks won’t do it either. Just as playing beside Suh in 2014 couldn’t do it.

    There’s a motivation/eating/alcohol problem here, folks. The writing is on the wall.

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