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Its easy to say that a team was desperate but if you want the player it takes money to land them. NFL teams "overpay" all the time according to your standards but when there is a market for a player thats what you have to do to land them. Brandon Carr at 10mill/yr is overpaid but thats what the market drove his price up to, Eric Wright got 7mill + per year on his deal, Laurent Robinson who flashed for what 8-10 games but has been average or injured otherwise got 5/35mill. Trent Cole is about 4 yrs older (will turn 30 this season) than Avril (26) has a longer track record but a similar career progression and just signed 4yrs/55million. I dont think Avril is quite as good as Trent Cole is right now but probably will be at some point on Cole's contract extension. Charles Johnson is same age and production as Avril got 6 yrs/72 million. You can say what you want about overpaid, etc but these players are getting what the market dictates they get. If Avril were an unrestricted free agent he would almost definitely get something near the range of what those two got. The Lions IMO are using the franchise player exception wisely - they are avoiding laying down a large chunk of guaranteed money to Avril but still keeping the player. If Avril has another big season then I fully expect him to get a big deal when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. You may not think he deserves it but he will get it in that circumstance. The question is can the Lions afford it, not whether or not that is Avril's value.

As for Willie Young he only flashes bc he still is marginal vs the run, needs to add more weight and gets knocked out with little injuries. A calf strain shouldnt ruin an NFL lineman's season but it cost Young quite a bit of it and he was ineffective afterwards. If he was better and more available he would play more. I like the guy, he is exciting and plays with a lot of energy, made strides with his passrush moves and strength but Im not comfortable at this point letting Avril walk and handing over the reins to Young. As for KVB, I love him, but without question Avril is the bigger impact player at this point in there careers.


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Its easy to say that a team was desperate but if you want the player it takes money to land them. NFL teams "overpay" all the time according to your standards but when there is a market for a player thats what you have to do to land them. Brandon Carr at 10mill/yr is overpaid but thats what the market drove his price up to, Eric Wright got 7mill + per year on his deal, Laurent Robinson who flashed for what 8-10 games but has been average or injured otherwise got 5/35mill. Trent Cole is about 4 yrs older (will turn 30 this season) than Avril (26) has a longer track record but a similar career progression and just signed 4yrs/55million. I dont think Avril is quite as good as Trent Cole is right now but probably will be at some point on Cole's contract extension. Charles Johnson is same age and production as Avril got 6 yrs/72 million. You can say what you want about overpaid, etc but these players are getting what the market dictates they get. If Avril were an unrestricted free agent he would almost definitely get something near the range of what those two got. The Lions IMO are using the franchise player exception wisely - they are avoiding laying down a large chunk of guaranteed money to Avril but still keeping the player. If Avril has another big season then I fully expect him to get a big deal when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. You may not think he deserves it but he will get it in that circumstance. The question is can the Lions afford it, not whether or not that is Avril's value.

As for Willie Young he only flashes bc he still is marginal vs the run, needs to add more weight and gets knocked out with little injuries. A calf strain shouldnt ruin an NFL lineman's season but it cost Young quite a bit of it and he was ineffective afterwards. If he was better and more available he would play more. I like the guy, he is exciting and plays with a lot of energy, made strides with his passrush moves and strength but Im not comfortable at this point letting Avril walk and handing over the reins to Young. As for KVB, I love him, but without question Avril is the bigger impact player at this point in there careers.



If Avril has another double digit sack season, I can see him getting paid well. But given his current circumstances, I think he's asking too much. Just my opinion.

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Fairley appeals DUI sentence
Posted by Mike Florio on October 23, 2012, 8:24 PM EDT

Rejected (so far) for inclusion in a pretrial diversion program, Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley will appeal a sentence imposed last month by a judge in Alabama.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Judge Sarah Stewart will consider on November 8 a challenge to a six-month suspended jail term, one year of probation, and a $600 fine. Judge George Hardesty imposed the sanctions on Fairley as a result of a May 27 arrest for DUI, and other charges.

A diversion program, if successfully completed, would result in the charges being removed from Fairley’s record. He would still be subject to potential discipline from the NFL.

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Mobile judge dismisses Lions' Nick Fairley's second-degree marijuana charge

MOBILE, Ala. – A misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana against Nick Fairley was dismissed this morning after the Detroit Lions defensive tackle passed a drug test.

Fairley, in court in his hometown of Mobile, has been tested regularly by the NFL since his arrest in April on the second-degree marijuana charge. After he passed a drug test today, city prosecutors asked for the charge to be dismissed. Mobile Municipal Court Judge Matt Green agreed.

According to a statement from the prosecutor that Green read in court, authorities indicated that they were unsure that they would be able to prove that a pair of partially smoked, hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes in Fairley’s car were his. A passenger in the vehicle, Eric Taylor, told police that he would take responsibility for the drugs.

Fairley, 24, dressed in a charcoal gray suit and a white, silk tie, said nothing during his brief court appearance and declined to speak with reporters as he left the courtroom en route to catch an airplane. Today is an off day for the Lions players.

The Mobile police officer who made the arrest told the judge that he had problem with the outcome of the case.

According to police, Fairley’s neighbors in the Morningside Manor subdivision off Navco Road reported a white Cadillac Escalade with out-of-state license plates. Several people told police they thought the vehicle was involved in drug activity.

Police stopped the car at about 12:30 p.m. April 3 and searched it after smelling an odor of marijuana.

Police found the marijuana cigarettes in a cup holder and an herb grinder.

Green noted that today’s hearing had been delayed once to accommodate Fairley’s practice schedule with the Lions, where he is a second-year defensive lineman after being selected in the first round of the 2011 draft.

“When you miss work, it’s a little different than when most people miss work,” Green said.

The arresting officer told the judge that although the passenger in Fairley’s car claimed responsibility for the drugs, he could not tell police exactly what he had found. Police arrested both men.

The marijuana charge came almost two months before an Alabama state trooper reported Fairley's 2010 Cadillac Escalade sped past him about 100 m.p.h. on Interstate 10 on May 27. Fairley is appealing in Mobile County Circuit Court a sentence handed down Sept. 26 in Mobile County District Court, where he was given a six-month suspended jail term, one year of probation and a $600 fine stemming from his May arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol and other charges.

Fairley’s attorney, Sid Harrell, has asked that Fairley be admitted to a diversion program for first-time offenders. A Mobile County Circuit Court clerk said Fairley is next due in court Feb. 7 for a hearing on the DUI charge. If a plea isn't reached at that time, trial is scheduled for Feb. 26.

Fairley is still awaiting word from the NFL on possible discipline.


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Good news!

Of course a Judge named Green is going to dismiss the charges :wink: :lol:
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