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