Nick Fairley isn’t waiting around to find his next job.
After meeting with the New Orleans Saints last week, he’s now on his way to Boca Raton, Florida to meet with the New England Patriots at the NFL owners meetings, according to ESPN.
A source said the Saints had early interest in adding the former Rams defensive tackle, but the team currently has $1.2 million in cap space. If New Orleans wants to make a push toward signing Fairley, it might need to clear up some cap space to make a move.
That figure also does not account for the signing of linebacker James Laurinaitis. That move has not yet been processed by the league, so the Saints actually have something less than $1.2 million in reserve.
The 6-foot-5, 291-pound Fairley recorded 29 tackles and a half sack during 15 games with the Rams last season. A former first-round pick, Fairley was limited to eight games in 2014 due to a knee injury, his final of four seasons with the Detroit Lions.
His best years came in 2012 and 2013 when he recorded 11.5 sacks over those two seasons. He only had one sack in 2014.