Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/31/14
Nick Fairley was in Houston and, of all things, in the middle of a workout when general manager Martin Mayhew called him one morning this spring to tell him the Detroit Lions were not going to exercise the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. While the news seemed odd to many – Fairley, a starter and key member of the Lions’ defensive line, was coming off a career-best six-sack season, and the option, which is guaranteed for injury only, gives the team player control at a reasonable cost – Mayhew was up front in explaining his reasons why. The Lions had grown weary of Fairley’s fluctuating weight and inconsistent play and saw this as a last chance to motivate their talented defensive tackle who’s shown far too few flashes of brilliance on the field. Fairley digested the news as he finished his workout, and after visiting his Houston-based agent, Brian Overstreet, he decided to take it not as a shot to his pride or a punch to his slimmed-down gut, but a challenge and an oppor...
PLAYERS: Nick Fairley
TEAMS: Detroit Lions
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