The Lions sole 2011 draft pick still on the roster, 1st round pick Nick Fairley, came into training camp lean and cut. Fresh off sleep apnea surgery, the rumors were that he was motivated and ready. By the time camp had opened to the public, he had already put on much of the weight and might actually be over the 320 he reportedly played at last season.
His weight has found him in the doghouse for new head coach Jim Caldwell, and Fairley has been demoted to second team. While it wasn’t very likely at the beginning of training camp, and being in the final year of his deal complicates options, it is becoming more and more possible that Nick Fairley sees himself in a different uniform in 2014. Here are three longshot player for player trades that could, in theory, be possible this season.
Nick Fairley to the Cardinals for Jonathan Cooper
Cooper was one of the highest graded Guards to come out of the draft in the past decade. The athletic ACC prospect saw his rookie year ended by injury before it could even begin, and it clearly put him behind developmentally this season.
As the 7th overall pick only a year ago, it’s pretty obvious at first glance why this would be a longshot trade option. It isn’t as clear cut of a situation, however, as the Cardinals believe they found a pretty decent piece in Cooper’s reserve that spelled him, Paul Fanaika.
More recently, there hasn’t been much good press about Cooper upon his return to the Cardinals. The word is that 2nd year player Earl Watford has actually outplayed Jon Cooper in camp, putting the starting spot normally held for high picks in jeopardy.
Further making this trade a possibility, the Cardinals lost durable all Pro Darnell Dockett to a torn ACL and MCL today. An important piece of the Cardinals line, the team may be looking to get value for Cooper before it drops any further while also finding a capable replacement.
Obviously a new deal would have to be put in place for Fairley for the long term, but the short term needs of the Cardinals and potential desire to mitigate loss moving on from Cooper early makes this an unlikely but possible trade.