• by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Nick Fairley has big incentive to complete offseason workouts

    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.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Rams agree to terms with former Lions DT Nick Fairley

    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.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Rams host visits from Nick Fairley, Akeem Ayers

    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.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Report: Patriots interested in DT Nick Fairley

    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.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Lions appear to be moving on from DT Nick Fairley

    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.

  • by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

    Report: DT Nick Fairley to visit Bengals

    Defensive tackle Nick Fairley is scheduled to visit the Bengals on Wednesday, reports ESPN. Fairley, 27, is entering his fifth season in the NFL. He has spent the past four years with the Lions. In his career he has recorded 66 total tackles and 13.5 sacks. He missed eight games last season due to a knee injury.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Report: Colts outbidding everyone for Nick Fairley

    Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, and reportedly, the Colts are outbidding the competition by a wide margin. According to Bleacher Report's Ian Wharton, the Colts are offering twice as much guaranteed money as any other team.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Report: Lions, Nick Fairley's agent meet to discuss new contract

    The Lions are hoping to bring back defensive tackle Nick Fairley for next season. Detroit met with Fairley's representatives at the NFL combine and the meeting was considered "very positive," according to Josina Anderson of ESPN. Fairley played just eight games in 2014 after suffering a knee injury halfway through the season. In his first four seasons in Detroit, Fairley has totaled 66 tackles with 13 1/2 sacks in 46 games.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Lions GM expects to meet with Nick Fairley's agent this week

    Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Wednesday that the team has yet to decide whether to pursue impending free-agent defensive tackle Nick Fairley but that he believes he'll meet with Fairley's agent while in Indianapolis for the NFL combine, MLive.com reports. "I think that I'll meet with his agent down here," Mayhew said. "We'll discuss Nick's situation. There are a lot of guys like that in free agency right now. We're in dialogue about all those guys. Really, it's a matter of setting some priorities and then understanding some tradeoffs that have to happen. You know, when certain things happen, certain other things don't happen, and vice versa." The Lions have said that signing Fairley's linemate Ndamukong Suh is the team's top priority, and Mayhew's success in bringing Suh back will likely have an impact on whether the team has the budget to pursue Fairley. "A lot of it revolves around Suh," Mayhew said. "I can see a scenario where we have Suh and Nick back, but I can also see a scenario where we have neither one of them." Fairley played just eight games in 2014 and recorded only one sack, but he had managed to rack up 16 quarterback hurries at the time of his Week 8 injury, which was good for second in the league at his position.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Lions DC Teryl Austin: Nick Fairley has turned the corner

    Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin spent one season with Nick Fairley, but he believes that the defensive tackle has turned the corner, and is ready to work toward his full potential next season, per the team's official website. Fairley's season was cut short due to injuries to his right ACL and PCL sustained Week 8 against Atlanta. He finished with just 14 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. Fairley is set to become a free agent, and it remains to be seen if general manager Martin Mayhew is interested in locking him up to a high-priced deal. "As a player you could say, 'I'm going to play hard or I'm going to get in shape' and sometimes when things don't go well you go right back into your old habits," Austin said."He got injured and he didn't. He kept himself in good shape. He kept his weight down, he worked really hard and if we were fortunate enough to win at Dallas he would have been ready to play a little bit in the next game and so that shows me that he's turned the corner."