Re: Lions decline to pick up option on Fairley
In the last couple of years there has been talk in the media and this site about CJ taking plays off and/or half assing it. Should we cut his pay? Hell no! Many players take plays off and are not called lazy. Everyone thought Sammie Hill was worth keeping, is he even still in the league? If you want to get rid of every player that has not lived up to their draft hype we will be left with CJ, Sam Martin and 1/2 of Matt Stafford.
And I would strongly recommend replacing all those underachieving players, too.
If they can upgrade Nick Fairley cheaper than his salary, do it. Same goes for any other player.
I think not picking up his option is Mayhew's way of saying " We aren't giving you another dime until you prove you're worth it."
As a Lions fan, I'm so starved for a winning team that I do not care if they replace players with rodeo clowns as long as they win.
Bottom line: they absolutely CAN get a better DT than Fairley. At other positions, maybe there isn't an upgrade that make sense financially or systemically. But it is plain as day that Fairley can be replaced cheaper than $5M, for all that he does or doesn't contribute to the W column.