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The New York Jets are battling NFC teams for defensive tackle Nick Fairley

The Jets are reportedly battling two NFC teams for the right to sign defensive tackle Nick Fairley

The Jets lost their nose tackle, Damon Harrison, and have hosted a visits to potential Snacks replacement Steve McLendon but according to Mark Eckel of NJ Advance Media the Jets are battling with the Eagles and possibly the Saints for Nick Fairley.

Fairley played for the Rams last year but was drafted by the Lions to be paired with Ndamukong Suh in Detriot. Fairley was the 13th overall pick in 2011 fresh off of winning a national championship at Auburn. Cam Newton single handily carried that Auburn offense but likewise Fairley carried that defense, however he was never able to replicate that success in the NFL. 

In Philadelphia Fairley would reunite with the coach that drafted him, Jim Schwartz, who is now the defensive coordinator with the Eagles and would get to play along side Fletcher Cox and with the Jets he would fit in as their starting nose tackle surrounded by Sheldon RichardsonMuhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams which should help him be a factor until you realize playing with Suh in Detroit and Aaron Donald in St. Louis didn't help him be very productive.

Still the talent is there and with the limited amount of money the Jets have to spend he may provide the most upside of any other free agent options. But keep in mind the deepest position in this year's draft class is the defensive line, especially the interior line, and there's a very good chance the Jets draft one at some point because the value will likely be there in at least one of the rounds.


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