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2015 NFL Free Agency: Rams Announce Nick Fairley Signing

It's done.

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With the addition of Nick Fairley, the Rams (a) cement their defensive front as one of the best in the NFL and (b) demolish any excuses that would support a similar slow start of what we saw in 2014.

Fairley's one of the more productive defensive tackles in the league when healthy and in shape. That the latter of those two qualifiers hasn't been a given throughout his career is, no doubt, something the Rams will have to stay on top of. That's part of the contract discussions in the first place, so I'm not overly concerned.

In the end, it's another sign of what Fisher is building up as the backbone of the team - the defensive line.