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Nick Fairley accepts option decision

Updated: June 2, 2014, 5:50 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com

Nick Fairley is in a contract year now and the Detroit Lions defensive tackle understands that.

Speaking publicly for the first time about the team not picking up his fifth-year option, Fairley told the Detroit Free Press that he's trying to look at it as a positive.

"I kind of said it's a good thing, kind of," Fairley told the newspaper. "It kind of will put me into a new contract earlier than [other] guys coming out in my draft. They're picking up guys' fifth-year option, ...

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