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Nick Fairley set to meet with Patriots

Nick Fairley, Ka'Deem Carey

Chicago Bears running back Ka’Deem Carey, right, runs with the ball as St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Nick Fairley defends during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)


Defensive tackle Nick Fairley has drawn interest from a variety of teams since the start of free agency and that list is set to grow this week.

Nick Wagoner of was on a flight to the owners meetings in Florida on Monday when he saw Fairley, who told him he was on his way there as well. Fairley’s reason for heading to Boca is not for a condo board election, but for a visit with members of the Patriots organization.

Fairley has also been on the radar of the Jets, Eagles and Saints in the last couple of weeks. He told Wagoner that he is also still talking to the Rams about a possible return to the organization for a second season.

The Patriots have signed a pair of defensive linemen this offseason with Frank Kearse and Chris Long joining the team as free agents. Sealver Siliga and Akiem Hicks have moved on to Seattle and Chicago, respectively, while Chandler Jones was traded to Arizona.