“I don’t have a problem saying this, but I think personally we have more talent than we had in the No. 1 defense last year in Detroit.”
Fairley’s deal is for one year and $5 million, according to Ian Rapoport. With incentives, Fairley could make up to $7.5 million.
Consistency and weight were areas of concern the Lions had with Fairley, though he made improvements after a brief demotion.
ESPN’s Mike Sando listed Fairley as number one among “buyer-beware” free agents.
If convicted Friday of both charges he faced, Fairley would have faced about a year in jail and almost $3,000 in fines
After Suh, Paea, Knighton and Fairley are probably the most desirable options at defensive tackle.
Brown could provide a boost to a unit that will lose talented depth this season even if it does not lose its star.
Coach Jim Caldwell said earlier in the week it would be a “miracle” if Fairley could play this weekend, but Fairley looked trim and active during the portion of practice open to reporters.
In Fairley’s eyes, a return this season is still a realistic possibility.
The Detroit Lions are playing without several key players along the offensive and defensive lines due to injury — and it hasn’t hurt them much.