Good News, Bad News for Former Bengals Keith Rivers and Jonathan Fanene

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Dec 18, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Jonathan Fanene (68) sacks St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens (10) during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports


Remember Johnathan Fanene? How could you forget. The Bengals drafted Fanene with the 233rd pick in the 7th Round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and After riding the bench for much of his early career, Mike Zimmer came to town and Fanene found his niche as a solid rotational defensive lineman, playing both the tackle and end spots. Fanene has played in 71 games in seven seasons with the Bengals, making 17 starts. He accounted for 91 tackles and 12 sacks over his last four seasons in Cincinnati.

After he departed for free agency in 2012, Fanene signed a three-year, $9.85 million contract with the New England Patriots, but was quickly released during training camp after a developing knee issue with the team citing a “failure to disclose physical condition.”

Now, the Patriots are looking to recoup the signing bonus they gave him:

The collective bargaining appeals panel has allowed the NFL Management Council, on behalf of the Patriots, to proceed with an attempt to recoup “some or all” of the $3.85 million signing bonus that they gave Jonathan Fanene last March, according to documents obtained from a league source.


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