According to ESPN.com’s Nick Wagoner, Detroit Lions free agent DT Nick Fairley will meet with the Patriots at the NFL Annual Meeting.
Fairley was selected by Detroit in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft, and played with the Lions until 2014. Last season, Fairley played with the St. Louis Rams, where he recorded 29 tackles and .5 sacks in 15 games.
With the Patriots losing Akiem Hicks to free agency, the 6-foot-4, 308 pound veteran could provide some much needed experience on the Patriots' defensive line. They currently have Malcom Brown, Alan Branch, Dominique Easley, Chris Jones, Frank Kearse, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen and Joe Vellano on their roster at the position.
If the Patriots are able to land Fairley, he will immediately bolster up the defensive line behind Dominique Easley and Malcom Brown. Both Brown and Easley played well last season, but Brown is only entering his 2nd season in the NFL and Easley is an injury-prone machine.
Do the Patriots have one more move in them after an already busy offseason?