Saints Free Agency

Saints: The 2016 free agent class in review

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Aug 26, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton sits with owners Gayle Benson and Tom Benson and general manager Mickey Loomis before a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 26, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton sits with owners Gayle Benson and Tom Benson and general manager Mickey Loomis before a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 13, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley (90) celebrates after sacking Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 13, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley (90) celebrates after sacking Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

NICK FAIRLEY. A-. . DT. 1 year, $3 million

Mickey Loomis got creative with this contract, spreading the cap hit out over three years despite only locking Fairley up for one. He had to, given the Saints 2016 cap situation. But at the end of the day, the cap hit in 2017 and 2018 will never exceed $745,000. That’s not bad for the breakout free agent.

Fairley has been everything the Saints could hope for, and more. As I broke down earlier in the year, Fairley is near the top of the league in tackles and sacks for any DT. And at a fraction of the cost. He’s been a consistently disruptive force, particularly against the pass. Against the run, he could admittedly use some work. But he’s still been effective in that department. Just not quite so much as against the pass.

There’s only one thing that could have given this signing a higher grade: if they had locked Fairley up for a longer term while his value was still down. Now, they’ll have to break the bank if they want to keep him in New Orleans. But most fans and media outlets agree: unless it’s outrageous, top-of-the-league-type money, pay the man.

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