Fanaika (6-5, 327) was signed by the team on April 24 as a free agent and started at right guard in the season opener at St. Louis last week. He previously played with the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles. A former Arizona State standout, Fanaika started 35 of 48 games during his collegiate career.
He was drafted by Philadelphia in the seventh round (213th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft and spent the majority of his rookie season on the Eagles practice squad before being signed to Washington's active roster. He was with Seattle the past three years, including in 2011 when he played in three games. He was released by the Seahawks in 2012 following training camp.
The move is interesting. He has only played one game, so the team clearly sees something that they like. At minimum, they get an insurance policy for next season, as Jonathan Cooper will be coming back from a broken leg.
Fanaika's contract likely will be very reasonable, manageable for a backup and probably a steal if he starts.
Of all the players that were likely to get extensions, Fanaika probably would not have been the player anyone would have chosen to get the first one. Of course, his was probably the easiest to do.
I can imagine the conversation going something like this:
Steve Keim: "Paul, we would like to extend your contract through next season."
What do you think of the contract extension?
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