Six Free Agents the Detroit Lions should be looking at right now

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Nick Fairley

Nov 8, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) looks on prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Ok so I am a bit on the crazy side. We all go a little mad sometimes. But this is certainly not out of the realm of possibility. The important thing to remember here is that this will be a lot different from what it was the first time.

If this were to indeed happen, there would be two causes for it. One is assuming that Terryl Austin survives all the firings and remains on staff. Fairley already knows the system and how to work with a majority of the players in said system. Of course Ngata and Walker leaving would be the other potential cause.

Now when I said things would be different this time around, I meant that Fairley’s role would be smaller in nature. Like Knighton, Fairley signed a one year prove it deal over the summer. What he’s proved in his time with the Rams is that in a limited role, he can be an asset. Fairley has appeared to have found his niche in the NFL and it’s not as “the guy” along the line.

With that in mind, if the Lions do decide to bring Fairley back, it will be at quite the discount compared to what it would have been if the Lions re-signed him after the 2014 season.

Now let’s get to a position of dire need.

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