The New England Patriots reportedly signed defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene from the Cincinnati Bengals, part of a 1-2 punch that put a hole in Cincinnati's defensive line.
Along with the Fanene reports, the Bengals were also said to be losing
fellow defensive lineman Frostee Rucker to the Cleveland Browns,
according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The Patriots made Fanene a top priority after they did not acquire Red Bryant, Wilson reported. He is expected to start for them at left end.
Bryant re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks.
The Fanene signing was also reported by Scout.com's
Fanene had a career-high 6 1/2 sacks, and 24 tackles last season for
the Bengals. He had six sacks and 36 tackles in 2009, but was out for
most of 2010 with a hamstring injury.
In seven seasons for Cincinnati, he's totaled 13 1/2 sacks and 103
tackles. Fanene, who turns 30 next week, can play both
defensive end and tackle.
Hot Topic: POLL
Who should the Patriots land in Free agency
Material from the sports xchange was used in this report.
Patriots Sign DL Jonathan Fanene
Patriots Insider Top Stories
Matt Patricia Actually Is A Rocket ScientistNFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports on the various teams planning an interview with Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia for their vacant head coaching position.
Brady/Rodgers: Who's the Best QB Right Now?The "Good Morning Football" crew compares and contrasts New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
What Has Changed Since Week Three?The "Good Morning Football" crew discusses what has changed since the Texans and the Patriots played in Week 3.
Every Patriot's Divisional Playoff GameWe're highlighting the biggest moments from each Patriot's Divisional Playoff game during the Brady-Belichick era.