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DT Nick Fairley
On talent alone, Nick Fairley is deserving of a contract. The major red flag is with his attitude, with questions over his commitment and effort arising throughout his career. After playing a key role (when healthy) on the Lions’ No. 1 run defense two years ago, Fairley was rewarded with a contract of just one year worth $5 million.
Last year Fairley was ranked 23rd among interior defenders by Pro Football Focus. From a talent perspective, it’s a surprise to see him still on the market. There’s likely two reasons for this. The first is that teams aren’t willing to offer him a long-term, pricey deal due to his character concerns. Second of all, there is a deep class of defensive linemen in this spring’s draft.
But if the Packers can get Fairley on the cheap, which is highly likely at this stage, he would offer good depth at a position of need. B.J. Raji won’t be around in 2016 and Mike Pennel will sit out of the first four games with suspension. At worst, Fairley would be a depth player who the Packers could dispose of a year from now. But if he plays to his highest level, the defensive line would get much stronger.
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