It has been confirmed that defensive tackle Nick Fairley is currently on his way to Florida for a meeting with the New England Patriots. If all goes well, this visit could lead to the athlete completely leaving the Los Angeles Rams to join the New England NFL team.
Fairley was with the Rams for the 2015 season. Before that, he was with the Detroit Lions from 2011 to 2014. However, Fairley is currently a free agent and his official status with the Rams is still a bit unclear. This means the team has not yet released an official statement to express their interest in re-signing the athlete.
But, since Fairley is now on his way to meet with the Patriots, it seems his free agent status still stands. This was confirmed by Nick Wagoner of ESPN while he was on his way to Florida for the owners meeting, Pro Football Talk reported.
According to Wagoner, he saw Fairley, who then told him that he was also going to Florida to meet with the owner of the Patriots. .
"Rams free agent DT Nick Fairley on my flight to owners meeting this am," he tweeted. "He tells me he's heading there to meet with the Patriots."
Although New England will be a good home for Fairley, it is also highly possible that he will return from Florida without a signed contract. Given his multiple options, he will most likely take his time first before making a final decision regarding the team he would like to play in for the 2016 season.
As previously reported, the Patriots is not the only franchise that's looking to take advantage of Fairley's free agent status. Aside from the New England team, the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints have also expressed their respective interests in signing Fairley.
Earlier this month, Fairley went to New Orleans to meet with the team. Details of the visit are still unclear, but the Saints could be planning on offering a multi-year deal to Fairley since the team is known for spreading out its salary cap burdens by giving out these kinds of offers, NOLA reported.