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BTAU
03-11-2006, 08:30 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2364298

Working hard to keep one of their priority free agents, the Denver Broncos on Saturday reached agreement with defensive tackle Gerard Warren on a six-year contract extension, ESPN.com has learned.

The deal, which makes Warren one of the NFL's highest paid defensive tackles is worth about $36 million and includes approximately $10 million in bonuses.

Denver officials worked late into Friday night to lay the groundwork for the agreement and then the two sides resumed negotiations on Saturday afternoon. Agent Joel Segal, who negotiated the contract, was out of town and could not be immediately reached for comment.

Warren was the No. 14 player in the ESPN.com ratings of unrestricted free agents.

The Broncos had been very public about their desire to retain Warren, who played extremely well in his first season in a Denver uniform, after being acquired from the Cleveland Browns in a March 2, 2005 trade for a fourth-round draft pick. And Warren told Denver-area media outlets this week that his preference was to remain with the Broncos, perhaps even at less money than he might have commanded as a free agent.

Warren's value to the Broncos goes significantly beyond his statistics. He started all 16 games in 2005, and registered a modest 42 tackles and three sacks. But the five-year veteran anchored the interior of a defense which statistically ranked No. 2 in the league against the run, and occupied blockers so that the linebackers could flow to the ball.

It marked the first time in his career that the former University of Florida star was asked to subjugate his own goals for the overall performance of the unit and, playing for defensive line aide Andre Patterson, who also coached him in Cleveland, he responded well.

The third overall choice in the 2001 draft, Warren was often criticized in Cleveland for not living up to that lofty status. But he is a player who can eat up blockers and get some penetration when put into "one-gap" situations, and the Broncos coaches love him.

Warren, 27, has played in 76 games, all but one of them as a starter, and has 289 tackles, 19 sacks, five forced fumbles, four recoveries and 13 pass deflections.



Seems a bit excessive for a guy who had one decent year in his career.

BigRock
03-11-2006, 08:39 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2364298
Warren's value to the Broncos goes significantly beyond his statistics. He started all 16 games in 2005, and registered a modest 42 tackles and three sacks. But the five-year veteran anchored the interior of a defense which statistically ranked No. 2 in the league against the run, and occupied blockers so that the linebackers could flow to the ball.
So they admit he's no pass rusher... and then cite a stat that leaves out the fact that Denver faced, by far, the fewest rushing attempts of any team in the league last year. In terms of yards per carry, their rush defense was ranked right in the middle of the pack. Add another 50-100 rush attempts at 4 yards a carry and that #2 ranking in total yards goes down faster than Shanratty on a wheel of cheese.

At least Warren can keep his nickname, though. BIG MONEY!

stevieray
03-11-2006, 09:31 PM
If that's all it takes to be one of the highest paid DT's in the league, then the bar has been lowered.

KcMizzou
03-11-2006, 09:32 PM
from bust to one of the highest paid DT's?So much for his motivation.

Hopefully.

Dunit35
03-11-2006, 10:18 PM
Way overpaid. It seems like many free-agents are getting way overpaid this offseason.

cdcox
03-11-2006, 10:20 PM
He named his son Dan Williams Warren.

jspchief
03-11-2006, 10:21 PM
Damn, the contracts that are going out today are freaking insane.

It wouldn't matter if the Chiefs were trying to sign FAs, there's no way they would compete with these bids.

Count Alex's Losses
03-11-2006, 10:23 PM
I hope he becomes fat and content. That would be hilarious.

Dunit35
03-11-2006, 10:25 PM
I wonder what kind of contract LaVar Arrington is wanting. 7 year 100 mill?