According to Adam Schefter of NFL.com, the Patriots have re-upped former Texas A&M Aggie DT Ty Warren, signing him to a fresh, five-year extension, a deal that is worth $36 million. This whopping, new deal comes at a good time (before the regular season) and it might send some signals/waves over to the side of All-Pro CB Asante Samuel.
Warren can play the nose tackle and both defensive end spots in the Patriots 3-4 Defense. He can stuff the run really well and create penetration, as a disruptive force in rushing the QB. Warren is one of those rare, balanced defensive linemen in the NFL, that can play the run/pass both equally well. This move also shows that the Patriots are not wasting any time in making sure integral pieces of the championship-winning roster are locked up, for they do not want another incident, (Deion Branch) where a player they need is let go based on cap issues. Inking a strong, Pro-Bowl defender in Warren, is another great move, that adds to a long list of brilliant off-season decisions made by the New England front office.
The contract is reported to have $17.5 million in guaranteed money. Warren had two years left on his rookie deal, with base salaries adding to $2.5 million. The Patriots now have their elite front three (Best in the NFL) all locked up through the next three seasons. Richard Seymour and Vince Wilfork are both signed through the 2009 season. Warren’s new deal would run through 2011, when the defensive end will be 30 years of age.
This, for many reasons that are obvious to point out, is a very important signing, and another part of the on-going efforts done by the Pats organization to keep intact a defensive line, which keys a vital unit that plays the role as the team’s best strength at the present moment, and also for many years to come.