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DT Nick Fairley - New Orleans Saints

6-2, 291Born: 1-23-1988College: AuburnDrafted: Round 1, pick 13

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New Orleans Saints DT Nick Fairley (heart) will not play in 2017 due to his heart condition. His career is also in jeopardy.

Summary

The former first round pick went from a low-risk signing by the Saints last season to a four-year, $28m contract this offseason. The strategy to hang a prove-it deal in front of Fairley worked a charm for New Orleans, whose defense benefited from his consistent interior pressure in 2016. However, all this momentum came to a shuddering halt with the news that a heart condition will not play this season. The ailment was known to doctors back in 2011 when Fairley was drafted, and the defensive tackle opted to step away after the consensus became obvious among doctors. His career may be in jeopardy as well. (August 15)

FBG Staff Rankings

DT Redraft - 77, 58

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2014 DET 8 8 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
2015 LA 15 17 11 0.5 0 1 0 1 0
2016 NO 16 29 14 6.5 0 0 0 0 0
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 0 0 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 23 * * * * * * *

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