Aug 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. Detroit won 13-12. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions trade rumors: Team could deal Nick Fairley during the season

Nick Fairley isn’t doing much this preseason to dispel the notion that he has been a bust, and the Detroit Lions may soon decide to cut their losses and trade the former first-round pick.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press speculates on the possibility of Fairley being dangled as trade bait midseason if the Lions don’t start getting some return on the #13 overall pick they spent on Fairley in 2011.

As Birkett points out, the Lions have demoted Fairley to second string this preseason, and Fairley has responded by not playing a whole heck of a lot better.

The Lions still hope that return comes on the field, and they have demoted Fairley to second-team defensive tackle last week in one final appeal to his pride.

Fairley responded with a dog of a game Friday against the Oakland Raiders, but with the hope of a new season on the horizon, he’s still too talented to give up on.

I can’t imagine that the Lions would get much in a trade for Nick Fairley either now or during the season. Sure he has talent, but he also has a terrible attitude, and the terrible attitude is the reason he hasn’t developed to this point.

Some team might be willing to cough up a seventh rounder on the hope that they can bring Fairley in and turn him around but I don’t see the Lions getting more than that. Fairley is a turd and they wasted a pick on him in 2011.

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