Saints cut Nick Fairley with non-football illness designation

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The Saints have cut defensive tackle Nick Fairley with a non-football illness designation, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Fairley signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Saints in the offseason, but he never played in 2017 after a team doctor discovered a heart condition. The Saints placed him on the non-football illness list after Fairley visited three heart specialists.

Fairley, 30, likely won’t play again.

It was reported last month that the team and Fairley both filed grievances with the NFL’s Management Council over what the team owes the defensive tackle.

Fairley had an $8 million signing bonus as part of the $14 million guaranteed in the contract he signed in March. It’s unclear how much the Saints have paid Fairley.

9 responses to “Saints cut Nick Fairley with non-football illness designation

  1. Is this an actual designation, or is it just the non-football injury designation? And what would they consider a “football illness”?

  2. It’s too bad that his career is PROBABLY over due to that heart condition. He had a GREAT 2016 playing the interior and collapsing the pocket. Whodat Nation was hoping for even bigger things in 2017 but that didn’t happen. But the Whodat Nation and ALL folks of good will wish him a long life and good health for his entire life.

  3. Seems the Saints do a better job of finding heart conditions than other teams. First the guy from the Eagles, and now Fairley.

  4. Why should the Saints pay him a penny when he never played a snap for them?

    It wasn’t their fault he has a heart condition. He was guaranteed the salary to play. He didn’t play. At all.

    Thumbs down all you like, but they shouldn’t be liable for personal illness. It had nothing to do with what his contract was signed for.

  5. This isn’t a football illness or injury so the Saints shouldn’t be on the hook for anything. If anything he should be thankful that condition was discovered before something tragic happened.

    This is the type of thing that you get insurance for. Not sure if he had such a policy but there are policies that will protect pro athletes from lost salary because of medical conditions.

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