ALLEN PARK — Nick Fairley has been a huge question mark since the Lions did not pick up his fifth-year option 10 months ago.
That question may now have an answer.
The Lions are out of the Fairley free agency sweepstakes according to a report from Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The Lions never said they wouldn’t re-sign the defensive tackle, but they would only do so at the right price.
On Feb. 18, GM Martin Mayhew said he could envision two things. One, the Lions bringing back both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Two, moving forward with neither one.
Put your money on the second scenario.
Fairley, a first-round draft pick in 2011, played 46 games for the Lions over four seasons. He started eight games in 2014 before sitting out the rest of the season with a knee injury. He was expected to visit the Cincinnati Bengals today.
They still have needs at the defensive tackle position.
C.J. Mosley, who started eight games in 2014, also became a free agent on Tuesday. As did Andre Fluellen.