Bengals defensive end Jonathan Fanene didn't even visit the Patriots organization in Foxborough when he signed a three-year deal during the offseason. Perhaps the urgency to put pen on paper had something to do with the differences of respective signing bonuses offered from the Bengals and Patriots, or that New England simply has the more structured and well-run organization -- whether you want to hear that or not.
Yet it was a short-term thing. Fanene had missed 13 consecutive practices during training camp in New England, allowing younger defensive linemen the opportunity to eventually replace him. Additionally the recovery from a knee injury appeared significant enough forcing the Patriots to eat the guaranteed portions of the contract, with further reports suggesting that he'd be out four to eight weeks after requiring arthroscopic surgery.
He's been out of sight ever since.
Until Tuesday (that sounds vaguely familiar).
According to NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the Tennessee Titans worked out Fanene this week, along with defensive end Phillip Merling and offensive tackles Brandon Keith and Stephon Heyer.
Truth be told anything could happen, but we're still not envisioning a Fanene return this year. Next year is a possibility when Robert Geathers' contract expires, and Michael Johnson may hit the free market as an undrafted free agent.
Fanene had two seasons with six quarterback sacks, including a career-high 6.5 in 2011.