Nick Fairley arrives in St. Louis weighing a svelte 280

AP

Nick Fairley’s four years with the Lions were marked by spectacular play at times, but also multiple injuries and talk that he was overweight and out of shape. Fairley says that won’t be the case in St. Louis.

Fairley signed with the Rams on Friday and said when he arrived that he has lost 40 pounds since the days when the Lions were getting on his case about getting in shape.

Right now I’m at 280,” Fairley said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Now that I’m down here I’m gonna be looking for [a personal chef] here.”

Fairley said he’ll weigh more than 280 by the time the season starts.

“I’m gonna put on some muscle, of course,” he said.

The Rams gave Fairley a one-year, $5 million contract that can pay him an additional $3 million in incentives. So if Fairley is injured or out of shape, he’ll make less than he would have made if the Lions had picked up the $5.5 million option on his rookie contract. But if Fairley plays well, he’ll make more in St. Louis than he would have had the Lions kept him in Detroit. Losing excess body fat is a good step toward being the kind of player the Lions hoped he would be after taking him in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft.

If Fairley is that kind of player, life is going to be miserable for opposing offenses. The Rams already had a good defensive line with Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers at tackle in addition to Robert Quinn and Chris Long at end. Add an in-shape, motivated Fairley, and that might be the best defensive line in the NFL.

39 responses to “Nick Fairley arrives in St. Louis weighing a svelte 280

  1. Fairley isn’t a weight room kind of guy. He just stops eating to lose some weight (did that in Detroit too). The NFL scouts got this one right.

  2. He will be a product of the great DL they have in St Louis then get overpaid next year, happens with the Ravens every year

  3. Oh look… a dedicated professional stops eating chicken wings to get a new contract… What a joke

  4. An odd 1 year rental for the Rams. One year of depth and compensatory picks next year? One would think 5 to 8 million would get more than the last pick in the 4th 2 years from now.

  5. Looks like Fisher is also moving towards 280. Except in his case they won’t be using the word “svelte”.

  6. Are you implying that the defensive line in St. Louis might be better than Buffalo’s defensive line that has 3 pro bowlers plus a 10 sack DE who might have also made the pro bowl?

  7. “Are you implying that the defensive line in St. Louis might be better than Buffalo’s”

    Football Outsiders says it is already.

  8. “Now that I’m down here I’m gonna be looking for a new HGH connection here.”

  9. @ymca
    Lifting (heavy) weights does not cause you to lose weight. It builds muscle. Muscle is more dense than fat and the result is that you weigh more when you add muscle mass.
    Lifting very light weight, many reps will help burn fat, but that is not how nfl linemen work out. Because it would end up REDUCING their mass and strength.

    So not sure what your point us unless you are saying the guy doesn’t work out at all, which I doubt.

    Fact is he lost weight the way any human does. Diet and exercise (mostly aerobic)

  10. Fairley was “looking good” and maintaining good weight during last spring, too. Then summer happened and by the time he got to camp something like 40 lbs heavier than he was only a few months before.

  11. Fat guys stay fat, hurt guys stay hurt and dumb guys stay dumb. Fairley had shown all three.

  12. I think the writer meant to say that the Rams may have the best Defensive Line in the NFC. The Bills have the NFLs best Defensive Line

  13. @2ruefan
    Lifting heavy weights CAN AND DOES help you lose fat. You can lift just heavy weights and lose fat with no cardio at all. It is about calories in and calories out. You might not lift at your maximum due to lower calories and carbs thus less energy but you can lose fat while lifting big. Lifting lighter and higher reps builds stamina and endurance and with a calorie deficit will cause you to burn fat (and muscle), lifting big at a caloric deficit will cause you to lose weight but you can still add strength just not size while losing fat though in most people you will probably have a small decline in overall maximum lifting potential.

    If you don’t know what you are talking about then don’t comment please, because then people like me who actually lift feel obligated to come and correct you taking time out of my precious day.

  14. Nice to see a guy who, was once seemingly waste of talent, is maturing and a taking this seriously. We need more stories like this instead of always seeing the Josh Gordon’s of the world. As a vikes fan I’m glad he left Detroit.

  15. Imagine that. He has a chance to make big bucks in free agency, so he gets in shape.

    But the Rams should realize that they’re getting a big-time under-achiever who was fat and hurt all the time, and now is thinner but will still be hurt all the time.

  16. njftw says:
    Mar 14, 2015 9:29 AM
    @2ruefan
    Lifting heavy weights CAN AND DOES help you lose fat. You can lift just heavy weights and lose fat with no cardio at all. It is about calories in and calories out. You might not lift at your maximum due to lower calories and carbs thus less energy but you can lose fat while lifting big. Lifting lighter and higher reps builds stamina and endurance and with a calorie deficit will cause you to burn fat (and muscle), lifting big at a caloric deficit will cause you to lose weight but you can still add strength just not size while losing fat though in most people you will probably have a small decline in overall maximum lifting potential.

    If you don’t know what you are talking about then don’t comment please, because then people like me who actually lift feel obligated to come and correct you taking time out of my precious day.

    ___________________________________

    My oldest brother competed for many years as a weight lifter (dead lift, bench, and squat).
    Your comments are true, with the emphasis on
    “calories in and calories out” and “calorie deficit”.

    You could have stopped right there, because that says it all. Anything you do to keep the calories you take in less than the calories you’re burning, the weight will fall.

    I don’t know about you, but back when my brother was competing (1980’s) he had a crazy diet. In the last days before his competitions, he’d go carb crazy. He used to eat Twinkies like they were going out of style (which they might have done, btw). I thought he was nuts, but he believed in what he was doing, so it was okay by me.

    His biggest problem was maintaining his weight, not the other way around. He competed at about 220 lbs and had trouble staying there.

  17. All a part of his master plan.

    Show up at 280, work hard in the weight room and get up to 290, actually take 2015 season seriously and blow it up with that d-line.

    2016- Get wayyyy overpaid and go back to being lazy.

    Or, just maybe, he’s actually matured. Either way, the Rams are getting a stud for 2015.

  18. Put MORE veggies on your plate then meat. Kick up some Tae Bo and the pounds will drop.

  19. Yall find any reason in the world to be hateful.

    Every single one of you would stop eating fast food for a few months if you knew it meant a few million extra in your pocket. Who cares how he lost the weight. Just sack the QB. Damn

  20. Guys like this don’t change… they only temporarily adjust. He could have done all this a couple season ago… but didn’t have to. He was getting his checks.

    I was a big Nick Fairley fan… but he’s proven to work and adjust ONLY to the level absolutely necessary to get what he wants.

    It’s a fact.

  21. Moving over to D – minded Jeff Fisher’s team may be Fairley’s best chance to stay focused and high performing. The $3 million in incentives will help him stay motivated. One year contract to prove himself.

    Good place for Nick and good get for the Rams.

  22. The Rams were smart to only give this guy a one-year contract and adding in a lot of incentives in the form of bonus money. This is another guy who only cares when money is involved. If any team were to sign him to a long-term deal the only thing they could look forward to is a great year in the last year of that contract. I seriously doubt if Fairely is going to get a lot of times willing to give him a large, multi-year contract. Sure, he lost weight but only because he was looking for another contract. My guess is all that now he’s signed the contract, he’ll put that weight back on and more before training camp. The only reason he wouldn’t is because of the incentives which may work. Combine the incentives and the one-year contract, I think Fairley will probably have an incredible year then he’ll have to do this entire process again and hope he can get a long-term deal. If a team is smart, they won’t give him one.

  23. BrazilianKicker13 says:
    Mar 14, 2015 6:40 AM
    He will be a product of the great DL they have in St Louis then get overpaid next year, happens with the Ravens every year

    if that was the case he would of been getting overpaid this season, or next season after another year with detroit. there is no doubt that with a dominant fairley detroits d line would of been downright nasty. he is amazing for 10% of his plays.

  24. This guy is the true Albert Haynsworth. He will have a big year to get a monster year to get the mega deal that injury prevented last year…after that, you will hear nothing else positive.

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