Former Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley is changing teams once again. The former Rams and Lions lineman has signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to ESPN.com.
Fairley’s deal is worth $3 million in base salary, but could be worth as much as $5 million with incentives. New Orleans will be Fairley’s third stop in six professional seasons. He was drafted 13th overall by the Detroit Lions and spent four seasons with the team before joining the Rams last offseason on a one-year deal.
The 28-year-old will fill an immediate need as New Orleans’ 3-technique. He’s racked up 127 total tackles, 14 sacks, four fumble recoveries and forced four fumbles in 61 games.
Fairley played two seasons with Auburn after transferring in from junior college, and was named the Defensive MVP in the 2011 BCS Championship Game against Oregon.