The New England Patriots recently released defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene due to injury. They released him under the category “failure to disclose physical condition” and are looking to get back at least a portion of Fanene’s salary.
Fanene is set to have surgery on his left knee today, and he is expected to be back in 4-8 week. The Cincinnati Bengals are rumored to be a fit for Fanene, as he was a quality defensive lineman for them. The 30-year-old is a productive pass rusher and can play the run well; he had 6.5 sacks last season in under 400 snaps. It will be interesting to see how he comes back from knee surgery and who picks him up.
Andre Carter recently visited the Oakland Raiders and is scheduling a visit to the St. Louis Rams, as he could be a good veteran backup at defensive end for either team if healthy. The Rams and Raiders have good defensive end pairings, with the Rams boasting a top young duo of pass rushers in Chris Long and Robert Quinn.
Carter was a revelation for the Patriots last season, and he made an impact as a pass rusher and, even more so, as a run stopper. However, he is 33 and coming off of a serious quadriceps injury. In fact, Jeff Howe tweeted that Carter is “not close to being ready to play”.
So far, his attempted return from surgery on his right quad isn’t working out, as he has reportedly looked slow. Andre Carter can still be a quality run stopper, but it looks like his pass rushing ability has been sapped out for now. We’ll see if things improve for him in the future, and he probably makes more sense for the Rams than Raiders as the Rams defensive line could use a run-stuffing backup DE more than Oakland’s.
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