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Saints release DTs Fairley, McDaniel

By The Sports Xchange
Saints release DTs Fairley, McDaniel
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The New Orleans Saints released Nick Fairley after the defensive tackle spent last season on the reserve/non-football illness list because of a heart condition.

The move -- which was initially reported by The Times-Picayune and ESPN -- comes prior to Wednesday, as Fairley's $4.25 million salary and $750,000 roster bonus would have become fully guaranteed.

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Fairley's contract status is also up in the air as both sides filed grievances last year. He signed a four-year contract worth $28 million -- including an $8 million signing bonus -- before he was ruled out.

The 30-year-old Fairley's NFL career is likely over, according to The Times-Picayune's Josh Katzenstein.

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Fairley was diagnosed with an enlarged heart before he joined the NFL as a first-round draft pick with the Detroit Lions in 2011. He passed physicals for three different teams in six seasons.

Fairley had 43 tackles and a career-best 6.5 sacks in 16 games with New Orleans in 2016. He has collected 170 tackles and 20.5 sacks in 77 career games with the Saints, then-St. Louis Rams and Lions since being selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 draft.

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The Saints released Tony McDaniel after the defensive tackle was placed on injured reserve ahead of the NFC divisional round of the playoffs. McDaniel sustained an undisclosed injury during the team's victory over the Carolina Panthers in the wild-card round.

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McDaniel played in one regular-season game with the Saints and four others with the San Francisco 49ers, finishing with eight tackles. The 33-year-old has also played with the Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars since entering the league in 2006.

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