The New Orleans Saints have reached a one-year deal with defensive tackle Nick Fairley, reports NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
According to Rapoport, Fairley chose the Saints over offers from the New England Patriots and Houston Texans. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Fairley, 28, played in 15 games for the St. Louis Rams last season, recording 29 tackles and a 1/2 sack. He spent the first four seasons of his career with the Detroit Lions, who selected him in the first round of the 2011 draft.
The Saints will look to Fairley for help along the defensive line after finishing second-to-last in rush defense last year, allowing over 129 yards per game on the ground.
In his career, Fairley has played in 61 games, recording 127 tackles, 14 sacks and four forced fumbles.