Most of their attention has been focused on Ndamukong Suh in recent weeks, but the Detroit Lions have another defensive tackle who could be a hot commodity when free agency opens next month. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said Wednesday at the NFL combine that the team has not decided whether to pursue Nick Fairley in free agency or let him leave Detroit after four injury-filled seasons. "I think that I'll meet with his agent down here, I'll discuss Nick's situation," Mayhew said. "There's a lot of guys like that in free agency right now and we're in dialogue about all those guys. Really it's a matter of setting some priorities and then understanding there's some trade-offs that have to happen. When certain things happen, certain other things don't happen, and vice versa." Fairley made great strides in his conditioning and on-field consistency last year, losing about 30 pounds over the course of the season. But the 27-year-old still missed nine games, including the playoffs, with two sprained ligaments in his knee – he's never played a full 16-game schedule – and is coming off a year in which he had just one sack and 14 tackles.
Fairley's future on hold while Lions sort out Suh
Detroit Free Press | Feb 19