Monday February 23rd, 2015

The Detroit Lions and representatives for defensive tackle Nick Fairley had a "very positive" meeting in Indianapolis on Sunday, according to a report from ESPN's Josina Anderson

Fairley is set to become a free agent in March after the Lions declined to exercise the fifth-year option on the deal Fairley signed when he entered the league. Despite not picking up the defensive tackle's deal, Lions officials have spoken highly of Fairley. The defensive tackle has said he wants to return to Detroit.

Fairley was drafted in the first round out of Auburn in 2011 and has spent the duration of his career with the Lions. Fairley has also dealt with weight and injury issues during his time in Detroit.

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In eight games last season, Fairley had 14 tackles and one sack. In his career, Fairley has 98 tackles with 13.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Fairley has not played all 16 games of a season during his career with the Lions.

Detroit has also been working to re-sign free agent defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, with Lions owner Tom Lewand saying the team has a "very good chance" of bringing Suh back next season. 

Last season, the Lions finished 11-5 and lost to the Dallas Cowboys in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs.

Jack Jorgensen

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