March 28, 2016

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says New Orleans has signed free agent defensive tackle Nick Fairley to a one-year contract.

The 6-foot-4, 308-pound Fairley is a former Auburn star and a 2011 first-round draft choice by the Detroit Lions, but was limited by foot and shoulder injuries in his first two seasons.

He spent 2015 with the St. Louis Rams, playing in 15 games as a reserve. He was credited with 29 solo or assisted tackles last season, along with half a sack and a fumble recovery.

In five NFL seasons, he has been credited with 14 sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Fairley was a key member of Auburn's 2010 national championship squad, racking up a school-record 11 1/2 sacks that season.

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