A week after leaving defensive tackle Gerard Warren off the road trips to San Francisco and Dallas, the Broncos traded the seventh-year veteran defensive tackle to the Oakland Raiders for an undisclosed draft pick.
The trade ends a two-year stint that began two years ago when the Broncos received the 2001 first-round pick from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2005 draft.
Until the last week, Warren had been running with the first team at Broncos training camp and was coming off two seasons in which he started all 31 games in which he played, logging 93 tackles and 5.5 sacks over his two years with Denver.
The trade with the arch-rival Raiders is rare. The Broncos’ 2007 media guide lists no trades with the Raiders since 1993, when they still called Los Angeles home. In that swap, the Broncos acquired a third-round pick in exchange for running back Gaston Green.
Also of note … even after the last week, Warren remained atop the depth chart at the right defensive tackle slot. The name right behind his at the position was fellow University of Florida product Marcus Thomas, whom the team selected in the fourth round of the April NFL Draft after making a deal with the Minnesota Vikings to acquire the selection.