Jonathan Fanene's Agent Has Yet To Hear From The Cincinnati Bengals

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers is sacked for a loss in the second quarter by Jonathan Fanene #68 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

The agent for Jonathan Fanene, Angelo Wright, told Bengals.com beat writer Geoff Hobson that he has yet to hear from the Bengals regarding his client, who will enter free agency as unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on March 13. Now that doesn't mean that the team isn't interested in bringing Fanene back in 2012 -- they are currently working on draft boards, preparing for Pro Days and the NFL Draft. Last year the Bengals signed Fanene on August 9, two weeks after free agency began following the NFL lockout last season.

It wasn't until the seventh round of the 2005 NFL draft that the Cincinnati Bengals selected Fanene out of Utah. Though he played sparingly during his first two seasons, Fanene would generate only one quarterback sack during his first four seasons (37 games played) with Cincinnati. Fanene, perhaps one of the team's most versatile defensive linemen, finally put together a career-year in 2009, replacing the injured Antwan Odom and generating six quarterback sacks.

Unfortunately Fanene followed that season up with an injury-plagued year in which he only played two games, dealing with a preseason hamstring that returned during the season's opener against the New England Patriots. Several weeks later during Cincinnati's near-magical comeback against the Atlanta Falcons, Fanene gave it another go but reaggravated his hamstring. He was eventually placed on Injured Reserve on November 18.


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On a one-year contract worth $1.2 million in 2011, Fanene again proved his versatility and effectiveness, often playing defensive tackle as a pass rusher alongside Geno Atkins during obvious passing downs. And again Fanene generated a career-high 6.5 quarterback sacks, while finishing third on the team in quarterback pressures (15) and quarterback hits (7). If you factor only snaps during passes rushes, Fanene averaged a quarterback sack every 50.9 pass rush, lower than defensive tackle Geno Atkins and defensive end Carlos Dunlap.

The following is a chart of snaps during pass rushes, pressures, sacks and hits and their respective statistical average.
Snaps* Sacks Avg. QB Pressures Avg. QB Hits Avg.
Jonathan Fanene 331 6.5 50.9 15 22.1 7 47.3
Carlos Dunlap 302 4.5 67.1 29 10.4 13 23.2
Geno Atkins 492 7.5 65.6 28 17.6 16 30.75
Michael Johnson 432 6.0 72.0 15 28.8 6 72.0
Frostee Rucker 213 4.0 53.25 5 42.6 2 106.5
* Pass rushes only

Get it done. Bring him back.

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