The Jets have interest in Nick Fairley as a contingency plan if they lose one or more of their key pieces up front, Manish Mehta of the Daily News tweets. The Jets could possibly lose Damon Harrison when free agency opens on Wednesday, so they’re exploring their options in advance.
Fairley was expected to secure a hefty contract last offseason after a solid contract year with the Lions, but ultimately inked a one-year pact to join the Rams. The 28-year-old played in 15 games last season before being placed on IR prior to Week 17. Seeing time as a rotational lineman, Fairley was in on slightly less than 40% of the club’s defensive snaps. Still young and productive (he graded as the league’s No. 24 interior lineman per Pro Football Focus), Fairley will once again try his hand on the open market.
In addition to Harrison, the Jets have long been rumored to be willing to explore the possibility of trading Muhammad Wilkerson. Still, it’s somewhat hard to imagine that a team will cough up a first-round pick to the Jets and give Wilkerson the ~$40MM deal that he is after.
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