New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick always talks about how the many ways to build an NFL team. There’s the Draft, free agency, waivers, trades, undrafted free agency, etc. As we all know the 2012 NFL Draft took center stage last weekend, yet just days after the drafts completion, Belichick is back to work building a roster, as the Patriots have re-signed defensive tackle Gerard Warren, according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com.
Last season, Warren played in 10 games for the Patriots but had very little production with only eight tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery. However, Warren is a reliable veteran that has the ability to play multiple positions along the defensive line, which makes him a valuable depth option to New England.
The Patriots did address their defense during the 2012 NFL Draft but did little up front, as the three front-seven players drafted by New England, Chandler Jones of Syracuse, Dont’a Hightower of Alabama and Jake Bequette of Arkansas, all look to be outside linebackers or rush ends.
Currently the Patriots projected starters along the defensive line in the 3-4 alignment are Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love and Brandon Deaderick or free agent signee, Jonathan Fanene, who’s best skill is rushing the passer, shown by his 6.5 sacks last season in Cincinnati.
After that, the Patriots are pretty thin up front, which explains why Belichick made the move for Warren, a player who started 10 games for New England in 2010 and registered 3.5 sacks.
Warren was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns third overall in the 2001 NFL Draft and has had a solid if not spectacular career. In 11 NFL Seasons, his career stats include: 252 total tackles, 36.5 sacks, 18 passes defended, seven forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.