The free agent acquisition had a total of six quarterback pressures, which led to two hits, two hurries, and two sacks. Fairley was one of the highest-graded Saints defenders against the Chargers, with only defensive end Cameron Jordan finishing ahead of him.
Defensive interior: Nick Fairley, New Orleans Saints, 87.3
Another player to have an impressive day while the defense as a whole surrendered points, Nick Fairley was a force against the Chargers, notching two sacks, two hits, and two hurries for a total of six overall QB pressures on 28 pass-rushes.
Fairley has 16 total tackles and 3.0 sacks through his first four games with the Saints. With his hot start, it’s worth pointing out his contract can earn Fairley a total of $1.75 million in incentives this season.
Presumably, his next whole sack will net him a $250,000 bonus. He can pick up a total of $500,000 more by getting to 5.5 and seven sacks. Playing time can net him an additional bump, as he can earn three separate bonuses of $250,000 by hitting 45, 55, and 65 percent of snaps played this season. Finally, he’ll earn $250,000 by playing in 35 percent of the snaps and netting four sacks.