Patriots sign defensive lineman Fanene to three-year deal

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Scout.com’s Aaron Wilson reports that the Patriots have signed versatile defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene to a three-year contract.

Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe has confirmed the news. Fanene, who can play both defensive end and defensive tackle at 6-foot-4 and 292 pounds, set a career high with 6.5 sacks last season. He turns 30 years old next week.

Fanene figures to play end in New England’s 3-4 looks and kick to tackle on passing downs.

He spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Bengals.