With the release of defensive tackle Corey Simon and season ending injury to Anthony “Booger” McFarland, the Colts have an apparent need at that position. A name that comes up in conversations is current DT Gerald Warren of the Denver Broncos. Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star speculates that the Colts may have an interest in Warren to fill a DT spot on the team roster.
Keeping the NFL “tampering” rule in mind, Colts head coach Tony Dungy told the Star, “I hate to comment on people who are on other people’s rosters. (But) we have interest in good players.” Good coachspeak, Dungy. A trade between the Broncos and Colts would make sense in that Warren is still a productive defensive lineman and would fill a glaring need at DT. And I would think that the Colts – if they’re smart – will give up a draft pick for Warren (preferably something like a 6th or 7th rounder). Depending on when McFarland heals completely will dictate how long a deal Warrens signs for. I’m thinking a one-year deal with an option for a possible extension.
You know the Colts are interested (what team with a need at DT wouldn’t be?) in Warren. I know if I was team general manager/president Bill Polian, I’d pursue the possibility of obtaining him at the most cost-effective price. The Broncos are obviously set at DT, and they probably could use the extra draft pick in return. And as we all know, the Colts have been trying to upgrade their defensive line the past few seasons. What better opportunity is there than to obtain an established DT who will have something to prove, no matter which team Warren eventually signs with?