Patriots cut Jonathan Fanene

Updated: August 21, 2012, 5:46 PM ET
By John Clayton and Mike Reiss | ESPN.com

The New England Patriots released defensive end Jonathan Fanene on Tuesday.

Fanene, 30, was one of the Patriots' most expensive offseason additions in free agency, with the team signing him to a three-year, $9.85 million contract. He received a $3.85 million signing bonus.

"It just didn't work out," coach Bill Belichick said in a conference call Tuesday afternoon. "Don't really think I have much more to add than that, it just didn't work out."

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