Lions not picking up Nick Fairley's $5.5 million option

The Detroit Lions have no plans to pick up a $5.5 million option for inconsistent defensive tackle Nick Fairley.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said this decision, which has been communicated to Fairley, is meant to motivate Fairley.

Fairley is a 2011 first-round draft pick who has 86 career tackles, 12.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.

"I have to ask myself, is he a $5.5 million player right now?" Mayhew told Lions reporters today. "There are some performances where he is, and some performances where he's not. I think it's going to be an incentive for him to have an outstanding season, and that's what I want more than anything else."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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