Nick Fairley is about to become a free agent, and from all indications, re-signing him is not a high priority for the Lions. The team chose not to pick up the fifth-year option on Fairley’s rookie contract, and all the talk coming out of Detroit this offseason has focused on signing the other starting defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh.
But Fairley is still holding out hope that the Lions will show some interest.
“I love Detroit, to be honest,” Fairley told the Detroit Free Press. “I feel the city, the people in it. I love the atmosphere of basically the hard work that they bring. I’m just all work, and that’s definitely the vibe I get from the city, and I like it.”
Fairley’s work ethic and off-field activities have been called into question at times, although his acquittal of DUI charges this week may help him avoid league discipline and make him a more attractive free agent. If the Lions can get Suh signed, that’s their priority. But if they conclude that Suh is simply too expensive to keep, Fairley may remain in Detroit as a cheaper alternative.