Martin Mayhew: 'We've declined to use Nick Fairley option'

Detroit Lions' Nock Fairley watches his team from the sidelines on December 9, 2012
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Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew admits that the club have decided not to use the option to take Nick Fairley's contract into a fifth season.

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has admitted that the club have chosen not to take the option on defensive tackle Nick Fairley's contract in the hope of motivating him.

The Lions could have automatically extended the 26-year-old's deal into a fifth year to keep him under contract through the 2015 season, but due to his inconsistent play Mayhew believes that he wouldn't be worth the price tag.

He told the club's official website: "He's a phenomenal talent. This guy can be whatever he wants to be. That's probably why I'm on him so hard.

"It's an opportunity for him to go out and perform his best this off-season, perform his best during the season and hopefully it helps him become the best player he can possibly be.

"[The option] is $5.5 million and I have to ask myself, 'Is he a $5.5 million player?' There's some performances where he is. There's some performances where he's not."

Fairley recorded 36 tackles and six sacks for the Lions in the 2013 season.

Detroit Lions' Nock Fairley watches his team from the sidelines on December 9, 2012
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