The Denver Broncos continue to try to reconstruct their defensive line.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Broncos have agreed to terms with former New England defensive lineman Ty Warren (see, the Broncos add ex-Pats even after the Josh McDaniels era). Warren, 30, was cut last week. Denver is paying him $10 million over two years with $2.5 million guaranteed.
The Broncos need Warren to still have something in the tank. If so, he will give leadership to a new-look line. Denver has added Jeremy Jarmon and Brodrick Bunkley through trades, and has signed Derrick Harvey. Marcus Thomas also was re-signed.
The line, defensive tackle in particular, has been Denver’s biggest need area this offseason as it tries to improve the NFL’s worst defense from last season.
Denver won a battle with Kansas City to land Warren. The Chiefs had to be confident they would land Warren since he has New England ties with Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel.
Yet it’s doubtful the Chiefs were willing to match Denver’s generous contract.
UPDATE: This is what Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. has to say about Denver inking Warren: “Considered a 3-4 defensive end, Warren will work in a rotation at defensive tackle in Denver's new 4-3 scheme. It is all about health with Warren, though, so not putting a ton of strain on him would probably be wise, as would using him just on early downs."