|Source: Jonathan Fanene joins Patriots on three-year deal|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, March 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm ET
Jonathan Fanene Profile
The New England Patriots have acquired Cincinnati Bengals veteran free agent defensive end Jonathan Fanene on a three-year contract, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
The deal includes a $3.85 million signing bonus.
The move should upgrade their defensive line significantly.
Fanene, 29, is highly regarded around the NFL for his toughness and versatility, playing with a relentless style.
He recorded a career-high 6 1/2 sacks while excelling in the Bengals' defensive line rotation last season.
The 6-foot-4, 292-pound former Utah player has 103 career tackles and 13 1/2 sacks.
Two seasons ago, he was limited to two games due to a hamstring problem.
Three years ago, Fanene started 10 games and had six sacks and an interception.
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