Report: Free agent DT Nick Fairley visiting New Orleans Saints

Nick Fairley was reportedly spotted in New Orleans Thursday afternoon for a visit with the Saints, according to NFL Network.

The New Orleans Saints expressed a deep interest in defensive tackle Nick Fairley when free agency kicked off.  With him now in town, the Black and Gold could be close to making another splash on the defensive side of the ball following the signing of linebacker James Laurinaitis Wednesday evening.

A first-team All-American, a first-team All-SEC selection, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, and a Lombardi Award winner, Nick Fairley was an absolute stud at Auburn, helping lead his collegiate team to a BCS National Championship title.

The Detroit Lions drafted Fairley with the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.  He spent four seasons in ‘Motown’ before signing a one-year deal with the St. Louis Rams in 2015.

Since taking his talents to the NFL, Nick Fairley has never lived up to his pre-draft hype.  Off-field problems involving the law, which now seem to be in the past, haven’t helped.  In five seasons, he has totaled 127 combined tackles, 14 sacks, three pass deflections, and four forced fumbles.  His best season came with the Lions in 2013.

A change of scenery can sometimes bode well for a player.  Nick Fairley, 28, has been victim to stints with below average football teams. The New Orleans Saints are in dire need of a defensive tackle, and the 6-foot-4, 308-pound monster could help.

If signed, Fairley could make a significant impact both in pass rush and run stopping situations as a three-tech defensive tackle.  Stay tuned for any updates.