Report: Patriots out on Nick Fairley, expected to sign with Saints

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Defensive tackle Nick Fairley has drawn interest from several teams since the start of free agency earlier this month and it looks like he’s closing in on a decision about where he’ll sign for the 2016 season.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Fairley is expected to sign with the Saints, who met with Fairley last week. Rapoport reports the Patriots are out of the running for his services and presumably the Jets and Eagles, who also showed interest, have fallen out of the running as well.

Fairley would likely slot in next to nose tackle John Jenkins on the interior of the New Orleans line. That would likely lead to more playing time than Fairley saw as a member of the Rams last season. Fairley played behind Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers and saw 422 snaps on defense over the course of the year.

Fairley had 29 tackles and a half-sack over those snaps and had 98 tackles and 13.5 sacks over four years with the Lions.

59 responses to “Report: Patriots out on Nick Fairley, expected to sign with Saints

  1. Of the team’s mentioned here only one has a realistic chance of making the playoffs……and it’s not the one he is apparantly going to….

  2. Bountygate 2.0 will soon be under way. That’s the only way the Taints win a SB.
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    Funny, how many “gates” do the Patriot’s have? And how many times did a SB win follow during the “gate” incident?

    #livestrong
    #thepatriotway

  3. Please don’t listen to our resident fake Pats fan; we like the Saints because Brees and Brady are longtime pals, and because we share an understanding of what a total lunatic Goodell is.

  4. Pats fans chirping about the bogus Bountygate? Ever heard of he who lives in a glass house shouldn’t throw stones? Saints fans I know have sympathized with the Pats over the Goodell bogus deflatgate fiasco. Maybe now, not so much.

  5. I’m a Pats fan. The DeflateGate experience has made me very sympathetic with New Orleans (Bountygate), Miami (Bullygate), and Kansas City (Tampergate).

    Others too. Atlanta (Noisegate), Cleveland (Textgate).

    Related to Fairley. I’m sure the Pats were interested in a one year prove-it deal with incentives. And with the number of teams involved, Fairley can command a multi-year deal with some guaranteed money. So, the Pats are out and focusing on re-signing their own players: Collis, Butler, Hightower, and Ryan.

  6. It will be interesting to see the dollars at play here, since the Saints have cap issues and the Pats don’t exactly break the bank for veteran free agents.

  7. Without getting into a lengthy diatribe, I challenge those of you that think The Patriots don’t spend to the cap or compensate their players well to do a little research. Honestly, you couldn’t be more wrong. Love ’em or hate ’em, they are the gold standard for how an organization should be run, including fiscally. Now, I’m ready for your “…but they cheat” comments.

  8. Fairley has received positive grades from Pro Football Focus, so stop trying to discount his ability, Cheatriot fans.

  9. Would have liked to see him as depth on the line for the Pats. Oh well, still quite strong, really. A vastly underrated performer has been Allan Branch.

  10. Saints first snagged Laurinaitis and then snagged Fairley right from under the Patriot’s noses LOL

  11. sb44champs says:
    Mar 25, 2016 1:56 PM
    Saints first snagged Laurinaitis and then snagged Fairley right from under the Patriot’s noses LOL

    Flash forward January 2017….Chris Long looking at his phone and has 2 messages from Fairley and Laurinaitis looking for Super bowl tickets

  12. Nick Fairley is an idiot if he can’t see that he has a better chance of a Super Bowl victory with the Patriots than any other team. The opportunity to play for Bill Belichick and to play with the greatest of all time, Tom Brady, is priceless. If he can’t understand the concept of team means not being greedy, then he probably wouldn’t have fitted in.
    Excellence means being prepared to make personal sacrifices. New England has created a culture where only the best is expected and it is expected in every game. It is good to be a true Patriot.

  13. For all his cheating, Bill has always been able to smell out laziness. Fairley only works when he wants to.

  14. Bountygate 2.0 will soon be under way. That’s the only way the Taints win a SB.
    __________________________

    Funny, how many “gates” do the Patriot’s have? And how many times did a SB win follow during the “gate” incident?

    #livestrong
    #thepatriotway
    ___________________________

    how is that funny when entire USA knowing Patriots are famous having Gates, and strongly growing accusing/suspicious on cheating patriots..

    I don’t think it is funny 1 bit…

    Hey if pat’s fans are in denials, then by all means, it will make their day easier; I think?

  15. Flash forward January 2017….Chris Long looking at his phone and has 2 messages from Fairley and Laurinaitis looking for Super bowl tickets
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    Flash forward and Brady is as immobile as Marino was in his final days with his huge knee braces lol

  16. dansardo says:
    Mar 25, 2016 12:24 PM

    Of the team’s mentioned here only one has a realistic chance of making the playoffs……and it’s not the one he is apparantly going to….

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    The Saints were two games out of a playoff berth last season, they’re not exactly a bad team. Some progress from last year’s great draft class and a couple decent free agents, they’ll be right back in the hunt. They’re building a good young team and doing it the right way.

  17. The Saints.
    Are obviously trying to address the achilles heel of their team the last few years…that horrible defense.
    Who knows how these signings will impact the play on the field but at least they’re not in denial that they can just keep on keepin on thinking that Drew Brees alone can carry their team to the Super Bowl.

  18. Yes, Pats fans, we know. BB is GOD, TB is Jesus, and the Pats play from heaven BB can make a scrub an all pro, and any player who dares sign with another team is a bust.

    Must be nice to live in such a fantasy world.

  19. Stephone Anthony
    Kenny Vaccaro
    Delvin Breaux
    Damian Swann
    PJ Williams
    Bobby Richardson
    Kasim Edebali
    Tyeler Davison
    Davis Tull
    Cameron Jordan
    Hauoli Kikaha
    Brandin Cooks
    Willie Snead
    Brandon Coleman
    Terron Armstead
    Andrus Peat
    Mark Ingram

    That’s a solid collection of young homegrown talent on both sides of the ball. Not at all dissimilar to the team Sean Payton started building from nothing in 06 and three years later they won a Super Bowl.

  20. Fairley has received positive grades from Pro Football Focus, so stop trying to discount his ability, Cheatriot fans.

    —- No, Lions fan. NE just figured out what Detroit knew 2 years ago and apparently what St Louis figured out last year.

  21. sb44champs says: Mar 25, 2016 3:06 PM

    Patriots will always be known as CHEATERS lol
    __________________________

    sb44 will always be known as the loser who sits in his mom’s basement all day commenting on Patriot articles instead of just cheering on his Saints.
    Also, you are either lying about laughing out loud at your own writing, or pathetic for laughing out loud at your own writing.

  22. Can we stop talking about how big of a loss this guy was for the Lions now? Pundits actually thought that losing him was equal to losing Suh.

    Done with the team that signed him (for cheap) after one year.

  23. —- No, Lions fan. NE just figured out what Detroit knew 2 years ago and apparently what St Louis figured out last year.
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    Then why were the Patriots scheduling a visit with him?? LOL

  24. sb44 will always be known as the loser who sits in his mom’s basement all day commenting on Patriot articles instead of just cheering on his Saints.
    =========================
    You mad bro? LOL

  25. sb44champs says:
    Mar 25, 2016 3:15 PM
    Patriots lost out on two big free agents…
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    Fairley is a big free agent signing? I know things are tight in NOLA but geez. Last year he signed a prove it deal with the Rams and here he is available again. The guy is a role player not a building block that’s why he is still available along with the other 2nd tier FA’s

  26. Fairley is a big free agent signing?
    ====================
    Based on the way Patriot fans are reacting, Fairley was a HUGE Free Agent…

  27. Jets were 10-6 last year. I wouldn’t say a team with that record has no realistic chance to make the playoffs the next season….especially when last years division winner could be without their QB for the first quarter of the season.

  28. Based on the way Patriot fans are reacting, Fairley was a HUGE Free Agent
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    NOBODY (except for maybe you) ever thought that. NE was likely just kicking the tires on this retread and likely never made him offer beyond a “prove it in training camp” type deal. Same thing with Laurenitis, too.

  29. especially when last years division winner could be without their QB for the first quarter of the season.
    ———–
    which is very likely the main reason behind the whole framegate nonsense. Good luck with that. You’ll need it.

  30. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Mar 25, 2016 12:25 PM

    Bountygate 2.0 will soon be under way. That’s the only way the Taints win a SB.

    ——————————————————————

    patsfan4lifesbchamps is NOT a Patriots fan. He’s a poser. Moreover, he’s pathetic enough to have a handle that suggests he is a Patriots fan, but every one of his posts libels the Patriots.

    – Giants fan.

  31. sb44champs says:
    Mar 25, 2016 4:16 PM
    Fairley is a big free agent signing?
    ====================
    Based on the way Patriot fans are reacting, Fairley was a HUGE Free Agent
    ______________________

    If your talking about his waist maybe. Guy is a role player

  32. youknowiknowitall says

    which is very likely the main reason behind the whole framegate nonsense. Good luck with that. You’ll need it.

    —–
    I wouldn’t say Framegate. A Frame is when someone is completely innocent. League knew what the Pats were up to something, so they monitored it….and the Pats were happy to oblige by sneaking footballs into a bathroom in front of a camera. If you want to call it EntrapmentGate I could live with it. People that get entrapped are usually criminals to start with.

  33. So, you’re OK with a crooked league as long as it is to your benefit. Wow, some refreshing honesty on PFT for a change.

  34. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Mar 25, 2016 12:25 PM
    Bountygate 2.0 will soon be under way. That’s the only way the Taints win a SB.

    —–

    How can you be a Pats fan and hate Goodell and believe he’s a total lier, and then totally believe everything about bountygate. I’m sorry, but seriously, get a dose of reality.

    we just didn’t realize how bad Goodell and Co. had gotten till they hit the Pats.

    Now they are working the Chiefs over.

    How many more until NFL fans finally realize what the NFL FO in NY is doing?

  35. Why are Pats fans so mad? Oh yeah, Saints took two of their Free Agents..
    ++++++++++++++
    How’d Brandon Browner work out for ya? LOL.

    How can anyone say the NFL worked over the Saints, Pats and now the Chiefs? After all, all the former Jets employees in the NFL office whacked the Jets 100k for tampering with Revis. What a joke.

  36. What does that have to do with anything… Yeah Browner was a horrible FA pickup….Saints still signed two free Agents that the Pats were interested in and now their fans are crying again as usual LOL

  37. What does that have to do with anything? The saints have had the worst, or 2nd worst defense in he NFL in 3 out of the last 4 yrs(one yr they got lucky w/turnovers). In a bad division. While the Pats go to the AFC Championship game(at least) every year. Pretty clear the Pats know what they’re doing. Maybe they wanted McClellen more than Laurenaitis. Maybe the Pats thought Fairly was the same old dog he’s always been when they interviewed him. It’s a 2 way street. Sometimes when a player leaves town w/o a contract, the team doesn’t want him, not the other way around. Not necessaraly a blowoff. The saints record for cap trouble and bad FA signings speaks for itself. As does the Patriots.

  38. Saints still signed two free Agents that the Pats were interested in and now their fans are crying again as usual

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