There may be easier ways to make $3.85 million, but few that don’t involve buying a lottery ticket.
Defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene, signed by the Pats in March, has now been cut. The team announced the move on Tuesday afternoon.
Fanene received a $3.85 million signing bonus, and he was due to earn a $900,000 base salary in 2012. Throw in a $100,000 workout bonus, and he made $3.95 million without ever suiting up for a game.
A seventh-round pick in 2005, appeared in 16 games with two starts last season. He had a career-high 6.5 sacks.
The Pats also waived offensive lineman Kyle Hill and kicker Chris Koepplin.
And so Fanene becomes a free agent, and he has $3.85 million in largely free money.