Fairley (illness) was released by the Saints on Monday, Nick Underhill of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.
Fairley's career was put on hold in the summer following the reveal of a heart condition that kept him sidelined for the entirety of the 2017 season. His release likely puts a stamp on his six-year NFL career. Fairley's name may stay in the news, however, as he recently filed a grievance against New Orleans relating to contractual obligations.
Fairley, who was placed on the reserve/Non-Football Injury list last June after he was revealed to have a heart condition, is uncertain to seek medical clearance to play during the 2018 season, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Saints general manager Mickey Loomis indicated last week that there hasn't been any talks regarding Fairley's contract and future with the team, and that the two sides have no timetable to reach a resolution on the matter. Fairley, who signed a four-year contract with New Orleans last March that included an $8 million signing bonus and $14 million guaranteed, never played a down with the Saints after the condition was discovered. As a result, the Saints are seeking to recoup the money owed to Fairley, with an arbitrator likely to determine if Fairley needs to return the signing bonus or negotiate a settlement between the two sides. The 30-year-old potentially seeking medical clearance from doctors would add another wrinkle to the negotiations.
Fairley (illness) was placed on the Saints' reserve/non-football injury list Monday, effectively ending his 2017 campaign, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
Fairley's future in the league has been put into serious question due to his heart condition, which was first revealed earlier this month. The issue comes just a year after the 29-year-old recorded career highs with 43 tackles (29 solo) and 6.5 sacks across 16 games in New Orleans. It's a devastating blow for the Saints defense, and Fairley's absence leaves David Onyemata and Tony McDaniel as the frontrunners to fill in for him along the line. At this point, it seems like the safest option for Fairley is to hang up the cleats for good.
Fairley is waiting on a third opinion on his career-threatening heart condition, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.
While the specifics of Fairley's heart condition aren't all known, at least one doctor who evaluated him advised that he retire. The Saints have expressed concern for the defensive tackle's health, saying they only want him to play if there is complete confidence in his ability to remain healthy. It's unclear when the parties will make a final decision on Fairley's future, but the results of each additional medical opinion could play a large role in the final outcome. Fairley signed an extension with New Orleans in March and, if healthy, is very much a part of the team's future plans on defense.
Fairley has been absent from OTAs due to a heart issue that could jeopardize his career, FOX Sports' Jennifer Hale reports.
The specifics of Fairley's condition aren't clear, but he's presumably set to undergo more testing so more details should come to light in due time. The former first-rounder is coming off the most productive season of his six-year career and losing him would throw a wrench in the Saints' defensive plans for 2017.
Fairley signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the Saints on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Fairley was signed to a one-year deal with New Orleans last season and he produced career-highs with 43 tackles and 6.5 sacks. His deal locks him up with the team through his age 33 season. Expect Fairley to start along the Saints defensive line once again in 2017.
Fairley had 43 tackles (29 solo) and 6.5 sacks in 16 games in 2016.
After back-to-back disappointing seasons in Detroit and St. Louis, respectively, Fairley signed with New Orleans this offseason and returned to being a disruptive force on the interior of the defensive line. In fact, Fairley finished in a tie for fifth among NFL defensive tackles in total sacks in 2016. Fairley is a free agent this offseason, but he should likely start wherever he lands after his bounceback campaign.
Fairley played 58 of the Saints' 82 defensive snaps in Week 6, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He made three tackles and half a sack against the Panthers.
Fairley now has 3.5 sacks this season, which ranks third in the NFL among defensive tackles. His 19 combined tackles also rank in the top 25 among all defensive linemen. After struggling in limited action his last two seasons in both St. Louis and Detroit, Fairley has been receiving consistent playing time in his first season in New Orleans and currently is on pace to set career highs in both sacks and tackles. While his snap count may be reduced some when rookie first-round pick Sheldon Rankins is activated from IR, Fairley should continue to see enough playing time to warrant owning in deeper IDP leagues based on his impressive early-season performance.
Fairley posted 1.5 sacks to go along withthree tackles Sunday against the Chargers.
After not getting to the quarterback over the first two weeks of the season, Fairley has come storming back with 1.5 sacks in each of the last two games. Aside from the sacks, he offers little else as an interior lineman, as he's had exactly three tackles in three of four games to start the season. After recording 5.5 and six sacks, during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, his current total of three sacks easily puts him on pace for a career high. He's a player to keep on IDP watch lists, but his career numbers suggest that he may not be a long-term solution.
Fairley made seven tackles (four solo), including 1.5 sacks, in Monday night's loss to the Falcons.
Fairley was one of the few bright spots for the Saints in an otherwise ugly defensive performance on national television. However, his big performance against Atlanta was likely a mirage. In his previous five NFL seasons, Fairley had only one other game in which he had more than five tackles and the big defensive tackle has a career high of only six sacks, which he set in 2013.
Fairley will sign a one-year contract with the Saints, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Fairley also visited the Patriots as a free agent, but apparently has decided to play for the Saints this coming season. In a situational role last year, Fairley managed only 29 tackles and 0.5 sacks for the Rams, but should enjoy a more expanded snap count with the Saints given their interior defensive line needs.
Fairley will visit with the Patriots on Monday, NFL.com reports.
Fairley was more of a situational player as a reserve on the Rams' loaded defensive line last year. Given that role, Fairley managed just 29 tackles and 0.5 sacks in 15 games played. However, considering his pedigree, as well as the Patriots' need for more experience through the middle of their defense, Fairley and New England's interest in each other seems to make sense.
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.
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.
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.
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.