Price per head services found out that when Fairley spoke publicly for the first time about the Lions not picking up his fifth-year option, Fairley told the Detroit Free Press that he’s trying to see the positive side of the situation.
“I kind of said it’s a good thing, kind of,” Fairley told the newspaper. “It kind of will put me into a new contract earlier than [other] guys coming out in my draft. They’re picking up guys’ fifth-year option, that gets me into a new contract. That’s the way I look at it.”
Fairley played for the Lions in 38 games after he was picked by the team in the 2011 draft with the No. 13 pick. The player had 12.5 sacks and made 84 tackles. However, pay per head sportsbooks knew that his weight was always inconsistent, as well as his play over his career’s first three seasons.
When Martin Mayhew, Lions general manager, announced that he would not pick up the player’s fifth-year option, he said that he was doing it to try to motivate the player, and it apparently worked. He told the Free Press he dropped to 295 pounds.
“I’d say I’m back to my Auburn ways,” Fairley said. “I feel like back when I was at that national championship, and you know how that year went so looking to repeat it.”
That proved to be the season that vaulted the player into the draft’s first round.
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Pay per head sportsbooks saw that the player also explained the medical procedure he did earlier this month didn’t let him participate in team activities for the first two weeks. According to the Free Press, he had sleep apnea surgery, and told the newspaper that this week he would like to rejoin the team for the final week of OTAs before mandatory minicamp gets underway.