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 Lions want more consistency out of Fairley going forward, both on and off the field. That's why they put him in a contract year instead of picking up the option for 2015.

So far, the Lions' ploy to motivate Fairley seems to be working. According to the Free Press' Dave Birkett, Fairley is down to 295 pounds, which is "about 27 pounds lighter than he finished last year." Fairley had worked to get in better shape last offseason, but he put on quite a bit of weight during the season. Now, though, he's close to his college weight, and he's focused on staying there throughout the year.