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Thoughts on the Release of Jonathan Fanene

The New England Patriots announced the release of defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene Tuesday afternoon.

Fanene’s career with the Patriots didn’t last all that long as the 30-year-old didn’t even make it through the preseason.

You could actually label Fanene as a major disappointment as he was the biggest free agent signing that New England acquired this offeseason as he reeled in a $3.85 million signing bonus—but clearly didn’t meet expectations.

The 285 pounder was expected to rotate in with Vince Wilfork and Kyle Love as the team’s top interior defensive lineman—but he was just unable to stay healthy. Fanene missed the last 13 practices of training camp and wasn’t able to participate in any of the team’s two preseason games due to a knee injury.

“It just didn’t work out,” head coach Bill Belichick told the media during a conference call Tuesday.

With the release of Fanene, New England’s starting defensive tackles figure to be Wilfork and Love with Ron Brace and Brandon Deaderick rotating in as the subs.


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