The Rams are expecting big things out of their newest big man on the defensive line, Nick Fairley, and hoping that he can only add to a defense that at times was flat out dominant last season. Discover the 2015 Draft Moves That Could Have Huge Impact on NFL Lines at Mybookie.ag.
How good was the Rams defense in 2014? Don’t forget they recorded back-to-back shutouts in the second half of the season, and also recorded division wins over each of their three NFC West opponents – two of which made the postseason.
The team believes so much in Fairley that they are going to give him a shot to earn more than the $5.5 million that the Lions would have paid him had they exercised their 2015 option on his contract.
How is that? He simply needs to stay healthy and in shape in addition to productive on the field.
Fairley has per-game roster bonuses that make up $500,000 of his base salary and he has another $500,000 tied to a workout bonus.
Reports from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch say that it very well could be the largest workout bonus that the Rams have ever given to one player.
The newest Rams D-lineman says that he weighs in about 280 pounds and is looking to put on muscle between now and the start of the regular season.
It’s a good idea on paper, now it will be up to Fairley to put his money where his mouth is – because it’s rather apparent that if he puts too much food in that mouth he’s not going to see that bonus that he’s out to try and earn for his new team.
Fairley was the 13th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, and with a ton of potential, he’s yet to be that dominant force on the field that he could be.
Now he’s got a one-year deal with the Rams worth $5 million but also includes another possible (though unlikely) $2.5 million that can be attained.
Here’s the overall list of money that Fairley can attain this season.
Base salary: $2.5 million
Roster bonus: $1.5 million (paid March 15)
Additional bonuses: $31,250 per game active, up to a maximum of $500,000, and a $500,000 workout bonus
Cap charge: $5 million
Cash charge: $5 million
The Rams come into their offseason already with a good defensive line with Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers at tackle in addition to Robert Quinn and Chris Long at end.
Adding Fairley, who needs to stay motivated and in shape, and overall the Rame can have the best defensive line in the NFL.