New Rams defensive tackle Nick Fairley has a $500,000 workout bonus in his one-year contract, "a monster amount" believed to be the largest offseason workout bonus offered to a Rams player since the team moved to St. Louis in 1995, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Fairley, 27, had weight issues during his four-year stint with the Lions and at one point weighed a reported 320 pounds. Meeting with reporters in St. Louis, Fairley said he weighed 280 and planned to add muscle this offseason. Fairley added he was looking for a new personal chef, per the paper. Look for Fairley to be there when the Rams' offseason conditioning program begins April 20.
The Rams have agreed to terms with free agent defensive tackle Nick Fairley on Friday, per the team's official website. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, he'll be on a one-year contract worth $5 million in base salary. He can make up to $7.5 million in incentives. Fairley, 27, was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He spent his first four seasons in the league with the Lions, where he totaled 98 tackles and 13.5 sacks. Last season, he racked up eight tackles and one sack in eight games. He missed the final eight games of the regular season due to a knee injury. He joins a loaded front four that including Robert Quinn, Chris Long, Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers.
The Rams hosted a pair of defensive players on Thursday. According to ESPN.com, former Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley and former Titans and Patriots linebacker Akeem Ayers met with the Rams. The Rams could use the depth along the interior defensive line with the organization cutting Kendall Langford in a salary cap move. In four seasons with the Lions, Fairley totaled 98 tackles and 13.5 sacks. Ayers has been linked to the Rams for a while. Traded to the Patriots from the Titans mid-season, Ayers recorded 20 tackles, four sacks and one interception in New England.
The Patriots have expressed interest in free agent defensive tackle Nick Fairley, reports the Providence Journal. Fairley spent his first four seaons with the Lions but is not expected to return. He was in Cincinnati on Wednesday visiting the Bengals.
Lions officials have told at least two agents they are no longer trying to re-sign defensive tackle Nick Fairley, reports the Detroit Free Press. Team brass negotiated with Fairley's agent Tuesday but the sides could not come to terms, the report said. Fairley, who will visit the Bengals on Wednesday, spent his first four seasons in Detroit. He registered 13.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 98 tackles in that span but never quite lived up to expectations. He missed half of last season with knee problems.