- Tom Pelissero reports that the Saints signed Fairley to a one-year deal worth $3 million, which includes a $2.235 million signing bonus.
- Pelissero adds that Fairley’s deal has another $1.75 million available in incentives and two voidable years for cap purposes.
- According to Aaron Wilson, Fairly actually chose to sign with the Saints over the Patriots, Eagles and Texans.
- According to Rapoport, the Patriots are out on Fairley, despite bringing him in for a visit earlier in the week.
New Orleans is in a terrible cap situation, so they’ll need to make a move in order to free up cap space to fit Fairley into their salary cap.
The Eagles and Jets were also mentioned as potential landing spots for Fairley, but it appears as though the Saints are his best opportunity.
Fairley, 27, wound up finding a limited free agent market last year, which led to him signing a one-year, $5 million contract with the Rams. He’s once again testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent, but will hopefully get more security than a one-year deal this time around.
In 2015, Fairley appeared in 15 games and recorded 29 tackles, a half sack, a fumble recovery and a pass defense for the Rams. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 23 interior defensive lineman out of 123 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Best Available Free Agents list.