Patriots Reach Agreement With Defensive Tackle Gerard Warren


The Patriots have added another big body to their defensive line.

The Pats have signed 325-pound defensive lineman Gerard Warren. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The signing was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Warren has recorded 228 tackles and 32 sacks in nine NFL seasons with the Browns, Raiders and Broncos. The former first-round pick was selected three spots ahead of former Patriot Richard Seymour in the 2001 NFL draft. 

Bill Belichick feels Warren will be a contributor in the Patriots' defense.

"He's been a very productive player through the course of his career, especially in recent years, roughly a 70 percent play-time player, certainly similar to Damione Lewis," Belichick said. "[They have] a different style of play, but the same kind of productive player. [Warren] will add to that group. He gives us a talented player in there that's been very productive, and I think he'll be a good addition to our group."

Warren has played at right and left defensive tackle in his career. Warren should compete with Lewis for playing time along the team's defensive line. 

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