Nick Fairley hoping he can re-sign with the Lions

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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.

26 responses to “Nick Fairley hoping he can re-sign with the Lions

  1. It’s a well known fact that they didn’t pick up the fifth year in an attempt to motivate him. It had nothing to do with not wanting him back

  2. “It’s a well known fact that they didn’t pick up the fifth year in an attempt to motivate him. It had nothing to do with not wanting him back”

    Yes it does. If they knew they wanted him back, they’d have picked it up and not risked losing him. And the guys that you know you want back never have to be motivated in this manner. They’re already motivated.

  3. I’d keep him and let Suh go. He’ll be way cheaper and you can get two or three decent role players for what Suh’s going to cost. You don’t need superstar salaries at the DT spot in this league.

  4. He isn’t even that good, Suh is the only reason he is noticed, this guy is a wanna be Wilfork.

    Lion’s decline has slowed today, a bit, but still in full swing!

  5. rl79111 says:
    Feb 14, 2015 12:47 PM
    He isn’t even that good, Suh is the only reason he is noticed, this guy is a wanna be Wilfork.
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    That was awesome when he stuffed Matt Forte in the backfield on the last play of the game to seal the win in Chicago 2 years ago. Or when Suh crushed Cutler and Fairley picked up the fumble and ran for a TD.

  6. Without working on anything, Detroit has just shy of 15 million in cap room. They will have a hard tome signing anyone besides draft picks.

    Unless that one Seattle fan can explain how to turn 15 million into 150 million, the Lions won’t be doing much in free agency this year.

    Suh and Fairley are overrated anyway. All a team needs is some fat guys in the middle.

  7. Is anything relevant regarding the Lions defense given Matt Stafford’s win/loss record vs. winning teams?

  8. Remember the strip sack on Stafford by Lawrence in the divisional playoff game against the Cowboys that ruined the chances of the Lions advancing the next round and then Lion’s fans cried and blamed their pathetic loss on the refs…..that was funny!

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