The New Orleans Saints have secured the services of defensive tackle Nick Fairley.Fairley took the weekend to decide, and it is hoped the social media messages by the Saints players as well as his Rams teammate, James Laurinaitis, were able to help sway him to New Orleans. His contract is for one year. Nick Fairley was also been courted by the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans.

Fairley played well for the Los Angeles Rams last season and earned his spot to be considered a good free agent this year. His New Orleans contract is for one year, and he is therefore betting on himself at 28 to turn things around and make a good deal at the end of this year.  It is hoped he will do well enough to be considered long term; but, if not, there will a young defensive player from the draft nipping at his heels. This year’s draft is very deep with great talent on the defensive line.

Nick Fairley

St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) receives congratulations from teammates after recovering a fumble during the fourth quarter

It is assumed Nick Fairley will take Kevin Williams’ spot next to John Jenkins in the Saints depth chart.  If Fairley, Jenkins and Jordan command double teams, it means they will occupy six offensive players leaving the remaining eight players on defense to stop the remaining five players on offense.  Halcyon days indeed for the Saints.

From the Saints announcement: The 6-foot-4, 308-pound Fairley comes to New Orleans after spending the 2015 season with the St. Louis Rams. He was originally selected by the Detroit Lions in the first round (13th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Auburn. Fairley has career totals in five seasons of 161 tackles (98 solo), 14 sacks, four passes defensed, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. The Mobile, Al. native played in 15 games for the Rams in 2015 along their defensive line rotation and recorded a career-high 63 tackles (31 solo), a split sack, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery.