Veteran defensive lineman Gerard Warren, who signed a one-year contract with the Patriots on April 24, is scheduled to answer questions from reporters this morning (10:30) during a break from the team's offseason program.
While this is Warren's first season in New England, his career has a strong Patriots link to it.
Coming out of Florida in 2001, Warren was one of the highest-rated defensive linemen in the draft. That was Bill Belichick's second year as Patriots coach, the team had the sixth overall pick, and the question was which defensive lineman would fall to them.
Would it be Warren? Or Richard Seymour?
The Cleveland Browns, under then-head coach Butch Davis, turned out to be the key. At the No. 3 pick, they went with Warren.
When the Bengals followed up with defensive end Justin Smith and the Chargers took running back LaDainian Tomlinson, that left Seymour for the Patriots at No. 6.
The Patriots couldn't have asked for a better first-round pick.