Rapoport also reported that the deal is for $3 million, with a chance to earn nearly another $2 million more in incentives.
Fairley has his limits as an every-down player, but he can get after the quarterback. As a rotational player last season for the Rams, Pro Football Focus ranked Fairley as their No. 6 pass rusher among defensive lineman. The 28-year-old veteran has been a plus pass rusher in each of his five NFL seasons.
A disappointment as a starter early in his career in Detroit, Fairley has proven the past two seasons that, when healthy, he can be a disruptive player.
The signing won't preclude the Saints from adding a defensive tackle in the draft or another veteran on the open market. Fairley is at his best in a rotation, not as a player who takes 60 percent of snaps.