"As I told him, I'd like to see his commitment to the offseason program improve, and see him on a consistent basis," Mayhew told the website. "It's voluntary, but if he's not training with us, I'd like to see him training somewhere."
Detroit can start its offseason program April 7. Fairley is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and the team needs to decide whether to pick up his 2015 option.
"Our goal is we want to make sure we give our guys the opportunity to play the best that they can all the time," Austin told the website. "We have to figure out how we can motivate, how we can get him to do that. Whatever it is that touches him that makes him do that, that's what we have to find out.
"Obviously, we haven't had a chance to sit down and talk about all those things or do those things with Nick, but the time will come from that," he continued. "I think that, you know, we'll do whatever we can to try and help him be more successful because he can be a really dominant player. We just have to have him try and be a dominant player for 16 games. That's really our goal."
The team has until May to decide whether they want to pick up Fairley's fifth-year option. Mayhew said he believes Fairley needs to mature a little as a professional. He said that was the key to Fairley playing more consistently.
"I wouldn't say his weight is too high," Mayhew said. "He could probably re-position some of that weight."
Fairley had 35 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles, and a safety in 15 games this season. He's entering the final year of his rookie deal after being drafted 13th overall in 2011.
Fairley had a good start to the season when he had 1 1/2 sacks againts Minnesota. He hurt his shoulder in that game, however, and hasn't been the same since. Still, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham doesn't believe it has anything to do with weight or conditioning.
"He got hurt a little bit, and this last week he got better," Cunningham said. "He's had a really good week of practice, so I think everything will be OK.
"I see his strength on the field and he looks a lot stronger again, so I think he'll be ready to go."
Cunningham said that the team checks Fairley's weight every Friday and has been satisfied by the results. He's remained consistent at this current weight.
"Nick's got a body that is old-school football," Cunningham said. "There's a whole bunch of guys in the (practice facility) hallway with their pictures up there -- those guys all looked like that. There's nothing that's ever going to change with his body, but he's strong. There's no question about that. He's fast, and he just needs to get back into the groove. And I hope this is the week."
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