The Denver Broncos have made a trade with a division foe, trading defensive tackle Gerard Warren to the silver and black of the Oakland Raiders for an undisclosed draft choice in 2008 according to reports. Warren has been on the trading block the past few weeks, and teams that were reportedly interested in him included the Colts, Titans, Redskins and Giants. The former number one draft pick of the Cleveland Browns was held out of both preseason games for the Broncos, telling just about everyone that his days in Denver were numbered.
The Raiders are trying to build their defense line, and now have Warren to go along with vets Warren Sapp, Terdell Sands and Tommy Kelly. The Raiders will try to squeeze the talent out of Warren that the Browns thought they were getting when they grabbed him with the third overall pick in the 2001 draft. While he was never the bust that Cleveland teammate Courtney Brown was when he was selected number one overall the season before, head coach Butch Davis and the Browns never could get all that much out of “Big Money.”
The 29-year-old was shipped from Cleveland to Denver two seasons ago, as the Browns were bringing in a new look with head coach Romeo Crennel and GM Phil Savage. It was plain to see from day one that Warren did not fit the teams new plans on the d-line. In two seasons with the Broncos standout started in 31 of a possible 32 games and registered 93 tackles and 5½ sacks. That included 51 tackles and 2½ sacks in 2006, when Warren appeared in 15 games, all of them as a starter.