Nick Fairley RUMORS & NEWS

  • New Orleans Saints reach deal with DT Nick Fairley "The New Orleans Saints have added much-needed beef to their defensive line. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday the Saints have agreed to a one-year deal with Nick Fairley. Rapoport first reported the deal was excepted to go do last week. The New England Patriots had interest in..." March 28

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

    Pro Football Talk "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,..." March 25

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    More free agent news: DT Nick Fairley was spotted in New Orleans, heading to a visit with the #Saints.

  • Are Eagles battling Jets over ex-Rams' defensive tackle Nick Fairley?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Nick Fairley, one of the bigger name free agents still available, has drawn some interest from the Eagles according to a source familiar with both the team and the player. According to the source, who wished to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak on the subject, there are..." March 14

  • Nick Fairley promises “great things” in the Rams’ defense

    Pro Football Talk "New Rams defensive tackle Nick Fairley says he’s a perfect fit in the kind of defense they play in St. Louis. “Looking very, very forward to it because, like I said, it’s going to be great things,” Fairley told “Because of the type of system that they have and the type of player I am,..." June 21

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    Benjamin Allbright @AllbrightNFL

    Souce texts back Fairley #Rams deal "immenant "

  • Rams add defensive depth with Nick Fairley

    USA Today "The St. Louis Rams' defensive front just keeps getting deeper and more formidable. The team announced Friday it has signed former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley, the No. 13 overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Auburn. ​ Fairley, 27, hasn't lived up to expectations through four..." March 13

  • Report: Fairley is done with the Lions

    Detroit News "Defensive tackle Nick Fairley has a visit today with the Cincinnati Bengals, and as he looks at other suitors around the NFL, the Lions don't expect to have him in 2015. According to Yahoo! Sports, Fairley is no longer considering re-signing with the Lions, the team that drafted him 13th..." March 12

  • Lions look ready to move on from Nick Fairley

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions appear ready to move on from Nick Fairley after telling at least two agents they are out of the running for the defensive tackle. Fairley is visiting the Cincinnati Bengals today, and had interest from about six teams before free agency opened at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Lions..." March 11

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    TurfShowTimes @TurfShowTimes

    wut RT @jthom1: Rams have reached out to Detroit DT Nick Fairley. No visit scheduled yet.

  • Fairley's future on hold while Lions sort out Suh

    Detroit Free Press "Most of their attention has been focused on Ndamukong Suh in recent weeks, but the Detroit Lions have another defensive tackle who could be a hot commodity when free agency opens next month. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Wednesday at the NFL combine that the team has not decided..." February 19

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    RT "@LOCAL15NEWS: BREAKING: Jury finds Nick Fairley NOT guilty of a DUI charge, but guilty of reckless driving @LOCAL15NEWS

  • Jury finds Lions' Fairley not guilty of DUI

    Detroit News "The trial took three days nearly three years after the incident, but a jury in Mobile, Alabama acquitted Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley of his DUI charge from May 2012. However, Fairley was found guilty of a related reckless driving charge, for which he owed a $500 fine. Fairley's trial..." February 13

  • Lions' Nick Fairley in court on first day of DUI trial

    USA Today "Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was in Mobile County Circuit Court on Wednesday where jury selection began for his trial on DUI and reckless driving charges. The case dates back to 2012, when Fairley was arrested and accused of driving up to 100 mph along Interstate 10. Last..." February 11

  • Could Nick Fairley Bolster Cowboys' D-Line?

    Blogging The Boys "The Dallas Cowboys had trouble getting to the quarterback. With Detroit aiming on re-signing Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley will likely be looking for another home. Maybe some Marinelli magic could do both parties good. This week's Free Agency Focus will also center around bolstering a very..." February 05

  • Lions have no regrets on declining Nick Fairley's option

    Detroit Free Press "When he started the season with a productive first two months and slimmer waistline, Nick Fairley looked like he might make the Detroit Lions regret their decision not to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. When he finished it by missing nine straight games with a knee injury,..." January 15

  • Lions Nick Fairley closer to returning on Sunday

    Oakland Press "Tis the season for miracles. One could be unfolding for the Detroit Lions leading up to Sunday’s wild-card game at Dallas. Nick Fairley, who has been out since injuring his knee in the first half of the Oct. 26 game at London, practiced for the first time on Thursday. He was limited but the..." January 02

  • Lions' Nick Fairley rejects DUI plea, trial in 2015

    Detroit Free Press "Nick Fairley was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in his native Alabama in 2012, a few months after his rookie season with the Detroit Lions ended. By the time his case is resolved sometime next year, Fairley's time in Detroit may be done. Fairley, who'll be a free agent..." December 09

  • Nick Fairley progressing 'big time' but unsure of return

    Detroit News "For most of the season, the Lions have been at or near the top of the defensive rankings, both in points allowed and yards allowed. They've done it over the past month without one of their defensive stalwarts, tackle Nick Fairley, who has been out because of an injured knee. Fairley's injury..." December 04

  • Detroit Lions' Nick Fairley, checking in at 299 pounds, seems to have put weight issues behind him

    Michigan Live "Nick Fairley faced all kinds of questions when he snacked his way past 320 pounds during training camp and lost his spot in the starting lineup. Five weeks into the season, he's being asked something different altogether. Something he's probably never been asked in his adult life. Is he in..." October 09

  • Detroit Lions like how Nick Fairley responds to benching

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell drew a line in the sand — or across the buffet table as it were — and he benched defensive tackle Nick Fairley during the preseason. There were reports that Fairley weighed too much and was not working hard enough. So Caldwell responded. It was an..." September 19

  • Lions DT Nick Fairley says he plans to start in season opener

    Detroit News "Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley stood at his locker smiling Wednesday, answering questions about his recent demotion with a surprisingly cavalier attitude. He admitted to gaining weight since training camp, up to 315 pounds despite thinking his ideal weight is 305. He didn’t think the idea..." August 21

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Fairley said his eating habits have gotten in the way the last couple weeks. He says he's at 315 and wants to be 305.

  • Lions coach: DT Fairley on the 'second team'

    ESPN "A week ago, Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said not to read too much into the fact that Nick Fairley wasn't working with the starters during practice. Now, he's declaring that Fairley, the defensive tackle who was Detroit's first-round pick in 2011, is definitively working with the second..." August 18

  • Nick Fairley in the doghouse, replaced by C.J. Mosley on Detroit Lions' defensive line

    Michigan Live "Nick Fairley's demotion to the second-team defense continued Tuesday when the Detroit Lions took the field for a late-night practice. Veteran C.J. Mosley took Fairley's usual spot alongside defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Fairley was coupled with Andre Fluellen on the second team. It's..." August 13

  • Lions asked Nick Fairley to lose weight, but 295 is too skinny

    Pro Football Talk "Not many people who weigh 295 pounds are told that they need to gain weight, but Nick Fairley is not like most people. Fairley, the Lions defensive tackle who was told by the team that he needed to lose weight this offseason, took his conditioning seriously — and even took the weight-loss thing..." July 29

  • Nick Fairley surprised that Lions declined his option, but he's over it

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley says that he feels he played well enough last season to earn his $5.5-million, fifth-year contract option for 2015, but the team refused to exercise it this spring. "I felt like I would (earn it), yeah," Fairley said today, after taking part in an..." June 04

  • Nick Fairley has lost nearly 30 pounds this offseason

    Pride Of Detroit "When the Detroit Lions declined to pick up the fifth-year option in defensive tackle Nick Fairley's contract earlier this offseason, general manager Martin Mayhew made it known that motivation played a big part in his decision. Fairley may have recorded a career-high 6.0 sacks in 2013, but the..." June 03

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    #Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Nick Fairley is dealing with "a medical issue" and "had a procedure," is not taking part in OTAs.

  • Lions take a proactive risk with defensive tackle Nick Fairley

    Detroit News "For three years, Auburn football coaches poked and prodded, coaxed and cajoled, begged and pleaded with Nick Fairley, first to get his academics in order so he could play and then to apply himself, to put in the work, both on his body and on his understanding of the game, so he could reach his..." April 06

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Martin Mayhew said the #Lions won't pick up the fifth-year option on Nick Fairley's contract. Lions want a motivated Fairley in 2014.

  • Nick Fairley's physique under fire again, this time from Warren Sapp

    Michigan Live "Warren Sapp's thoughts on Ndamukong Suh have been critical and well documented As it turns out, he really doesn't feel so differently about another Detroit Lions defensive tackle, either. Sapp, a Hall of Famer, is not a fan of Nick Fairley -- citing his top-heavy physique. "Little legs,"..." February 06

  • Lions GM Martin Mayhew: Nick Fairley needs to mature mentally, physically for consistency

    Detroit Free Press "In his first three NFL seasons, Nick Fairley has been brilliant at times and invisible at others. The challenge for new coach Jim Caldwell and his staff is to get more regular production out of one of the most talented but perplexing defensive tackles in the league. “He could play more..." January 21

  • Jim Schwartz didn't know what to say to Nick Fairley, Ndamukong Suh after questionable calls

    Michigan Live "A penalty call is a teaching moment for Jim Schwartz, but the Detroit Lions coach didn't know what to say to defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley after a pair of questionable flags in the fourth quarter. The infractions, which have been panned by national broadcasters and..." December 09

  • Lions' Nick Fairley, Ndamukong Suh feel unsavory rep is overblown

    Detroit News "It almost like the Pistons' Bad Boys days all over again. The headline in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday read, "Detroit's Dirty Duo pays a visit Sunday." McFilthy and McNasty, in this Bad Boys incarnation, are defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. "You’ve seen stuff..." November 16

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    Josh Katzenstein @jkatzenstein

    Willie Young and Nick Fairley said they were both fined $15,750 for hits on Bears QB Luke McCown Sunday. #Lions

  • Lions' Nick Fairley mum on sore shoulder

    Detroit Free Press "Nick Fairley didn’t want to talk about his sore right shoulder as he made his way through the locker room Thursday. “What’s that?” the defensive tackle said playing oblivious to the body part and the ailment that has kept him out of two straight practices. Fairley was one of Lions starters..." September 13

  • If he can stay healthy, Nick Fairley should be All-Pro force for Lions

    Detroit News "Man I want to stand before you here right now and boldly proclaim I’ve seen the Lions’ next All-Pro defensive tackle and his name is Nick Fairley. I want to tell you about the 20 pounds he lost in the six weeks between the end of mini-camp and the start of training camp and how quick and still..." August 04

  • Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley's confidence was evident this offseason

    Michigan Live "Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley displayed more confidence this offseason during workouts than most observers have seen since he has entered the NFL. Fairley was very vocal during every practice. He routinely challenged teammate Ndamukong Suh during individual drills at practice -..." June 16

  • Lions need Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley at front of line as leaders

    Detroit News "It was a simple show of hands, but for the Lions, a couple days into their first real offseason work as a team, maybe it's an encouraging sign. Assistant Jim Washburn was having a little bit of fun during a defensive-line drill Wednesday morning, and so were his guys, testing their quickness..." May 23

  • Lions' Nick Fairley already has goals set for defensive line in 2013

    Detroit Free Press "It’s hard to put your finger on what’s different about Nick Fairley, other than to say he just sounds different. As in more mature and confident. Smarter even, about life and football. A couple of off-season brushes with the law last year can change a player. But so can playing..." May 20

  • Nick Fairley predicts Super Bowl for 2013 Detroit Lions

    Detroit News "Nick Fairley studies Reggie White's club move that carried him to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He watches Warren Sapp, too. He envisions himself doing the Sapp twist move or the White club. And, Fairley plans on using these techniques to not only justify himself as a top-100 player, but..." May 09

  • Judge won't permit plea deal for Lions' Nick Fairley

    Detroit News "Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley hoped to enter a pre-trial diversion program for a charge of driving under the influence. Now Fairley and his attorneys reportedly will have to rethink their strategy. WPMI Local 15 News in Mobile, Ala., said Fairley was in court Thursday expecting to get a..." March 22