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Paul Fanaika | Guard | #74

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/9/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 327
College: Arizona State
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 7 (213) / PHI
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Chiefs released OL Paul Fanaika.
Fanaika signed a three-year, $6.5 million contract last March, but quickly lost his starting guard job in camp. He was placed on injured reserve with a back injury before the season. Now 30, Fanaika struggled mightily for the Cardinals in 2014. Apr 26 - 4:50 PM

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Chiefs G Paul Fanaika (back) is expected to be ready for OTAs.

Signed during free agency last year to start at guard, Fanaika landed on injured reserve with a back injury before playing a snap. The Chiefs have holes on the offensive line following the departures of Jeff Allen, Donald Stephenson and Ben Grubbs, but they need to aim higher than Fanaika. He should compete for a backup role in camp.
Mar 10 - 10:48 AM

Chiefs placed G/T Paul Fanaika (back) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Fanaika was originally signed back in March with the intention to start, but he quickly showed why he was a bottom-10 guard at Pro Football Focus last season. The Chiefs traded for LG Ben Grubbs and reinserted Jeff Allen at right guard.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 02:35:00 PM

Paul Fanaika saw snaps at right tackle in Chiefs' practice Wednesday.

With Jeff Allen (knee) and Eric Fisher (ankle) out, the Chiefs are trying everything to shore up their offensive line. Perhaps eclipsed by Laurent Duvernay-Tardif at right guard, Fanaika could find his way into the starting lineup at right tackle if Allen is forced to miss regular season snaps. Fanaika was signed to a three-year, $8.1 million contract this offseason.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 10:06:00 AM

Chiefs signed OG Paul Fanaika to a three-year, $8.1 million contract.

The money indicates Fanaika will start in 2015. Fanaika was a bottom-10 guard in Pro Football Focus' 2014 ratings, but the man he's likely replacing, free agent Mike McGlynn, was even worse. With recent trade acquisition Ben Grubbs likely to slot in on the left side, Fanaika has the inside track on the right. 2014 sixth-rounder Zach Fulton and Jeff Allen are also in the mix.
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 06:42:00 PM

Free agent RG Paul Fanaika is expected to sign with the Chiefs.

Assuming the deal happens, this will be the sixth team Fanaika has played for since entering the league in 2009. That includes stints on two different practice squads. Despite his overwhelming size (6'5", 327 pounds), Fanaika finished last season as a bottom-10 guard in Pro Football Focus' position rankings.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 06:37:00 PM

Cardinals RG Paul Fanaika left Sunday's Week 13 game at Atlanta with a high ankle sprain and will not return.

Fanaika went down late in the first half and was replaced by left guard Ted Larsen. Jonathan Cooper came off the bench to fill Larsen's spot.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 06:44:00 PM

Paul Fanaika will enter training camp as the Cardinals' starting right guard.

Fanaika started all 16 games last year, but struggled badly in the run game and finished as one of the worst guards in the league. He should face serious competition from 2013 fourth-rounder Earl Watford in camp. Regardless, Arizona's offensive line projects to be more effective overall this season thanks to the addition of LT Jared Veldheer and return of LG Jonathan Cooper.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 09:27:00 AM

Cardinals signed OG Paul Fanaika to a one-year contract extension through 2014.

It's somewhat odd timing, as the 2009 seventh-round pick is coming off his first career start, but coach Bruce Arians must have loved what he saw. Fanaika's power blocking fits Arians' scheme. Fanaika graded out negatively in Pro Football Focus' ratings Sunday.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 07:11:00 PM

The Cardinals have settled on Paul Fanaika as their starting right guard.

Fanaika, 27, was a 2009 seventh-round pick of the Eagles. He's appeared in three career games, never making a start. From left to right, Arizona's Week 1 line will read LT Levi Brown, LG Daryn Colledge, C Lyle Sendlein, RG Fanaika, and RT Eric Winston. They're going to have a helluva time in the NFC West.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 09:09:00 PM

Coach Bruce Arians thinks Paul Fanaika could challenge Daryn Colledge for the Cardinals' starting right guard job.

A leg injury has sidelined Colledge for over a week, and Fanaika has been getting first-team reps. Arians has always preferred power linemen, and Fanaika fits the bill at 6-foot-5, 327. Colledge (6'4/308) is a better fit for a zone scheme.
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 09:20:00 AM

Cardinals agreed to terms with OL Paul Fanaika, formerly of the Seahawks.

A 2009 seventh-round pick, Fanaika has appeared in just three games in four seasons, and none since 2011. He'll fight for a reserve role in Arizona.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 02:37:00 PM

Seahawks declared G Paul Fanaika, QB Josh Portis, T Jarriel King, SS Jeron Johnson, CB Kennard Cox, LB Malcolm Smith, and DT Clinton McDonald inactive for Week 16 against the 49ers.

Mike Gibson will backup at both guard positions. Adrian Moten provides depth at outside linebacker. Johnson and Cox are listed as third-stringers.
Sat, Dec 24, 2011 02:57:00 PM

Seahawks re-signed OG Paul Fanaika.

Fanaika knows OL coach Tom Cable's zone-blocking scheme because he was on the practice squad before being released last week. He'll add depth with RG John Moffit out for the season.
Tue, Nov 15, 2011 06:45:00 PM

Seahawks signed OG Paul Fanaika off the Browns' practice squad.

Teams seem to be high on Fanaika's potential, but he remains a project. He'll have to stay on Seattle's roster for the final three weeks.
Tue, Dec 14, 2010 02:07:00 PM

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