The 30-year-old hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2016, when he compiled career-highs in tackles (43) and sacks (6.5) in 16 games with the Saints. New Orleans subsequently signed him to a four-year, $30M extension, but the defensive line was later placed on the non-football injury list due to a heart condition.
Fairley spent the majority of the 2017 campaign on the NFI before being released by the Saints towards the end of the season. The 2011 first-rounder out of Auburn indicated that he still wanted to play in the NFL. Last we heard, Fairley hadn’t been medically cleared to return to the field, and the veteran has failed to generate any interest this season. In the meantime, the Saints were able to open $3M in cap space after filing a grievance with the NFL.
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