FOXBORO, Mass. — Gerard Warren delivered some hard-nosed consistency during his first season with the Patriots, and that was as valuable as anything for their defensive front.
While many defensive linemen went down, Warren and Vince Wilfork were the two stalwarts who held everything together throughout the season. Warren, though, only signed a one-year deal with the Patriots and will enter free agency, but he hopes not to change addresses.
"That's what I'm looking forward to," Warren said of the possibility of remaining with New England, "trying to complete this journey."
Warren, who will turn 33 in July, had 36 tackles, 3.5 sacks and five quarterback hits in the regular season, although stats don't tell the story of defensive linemen in Bill Belichick's 3-4 system.
"Had a good run," Warren said of his first season with the Patriots, "just didn?t end well."