His last season as a Bengals was in 2011, in which he recorded a career-high 6.5 sacks while playing in all 16 games (two starts). The New England Patriots later signed him to a three-year, $9.85 million contract. He received a $3.85 million signing bonus, but never played a single game with the Pats due to a hamstring injury. He is currently a free agent hoping to catch on with someone.
Don’t rule out a reunion with the Bengals, as Fanene was the prototypical rotational d-lineman. He was a run-stuffing defensive end on running downs, and provided a great interior pass rush from the defensive tackle spot on passing downs. His versatility made him a valuable commodity, but the Bengals weren’t willing to give him the contract New England was offering him. Coming off an injury and not playing at all in 2012, he’ll come at a very manageable contract for whoever signs him.
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