Nick Fairley Is Dealing With A Career Threatening Heart Condition...And The Curse Of Saints' Free Agency
When I first saw this report I instinctually laughed. Clearly there's nothing funny about Nick Fairley having a potentially career threatening condition within the organ that literally pumps life through his body, but sometimes you just have to laugh to keep from crying. Seriously, will the ghosts of dead money ever stop haunting the New Orleans' offseason acquisitions? The Saints finally took a shot on a player with a questionable past and managed to retain that player's services at a reasonable price after that shot hit the bullseye, and it might still result in the continuation of a long, long line of free agency faux pas?!
I know that Nick Fairley has apparently had this heart issue for some time now, but what satanic, VooDoo-esque forces have to working against this organization for it to pop back up almost immediately after he signed a relatively lucrative 4 year deal? Financial security at the all-too-generous hands of the Saints' front office is dangerously close to being considered a warning sign of impending health problems. Jairus Byrd, C.J. Spiller, and now possibly Nick Fairley? It's as if the check and the bill of health are physically incapable of clearing at the same time. Now, this could obviously subside, and - even if it doesn't - the resurgent defensive tackle's livelihood is undoubtedly the main concern. Still, the fact that even the shrewdest and seemingly smartest of moves might also bite this franchise in the ass is a sign that Murphy's Law governs the court of public opinion when it comes to their personnel decisions.