ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Defensive tackle Ty Warren agreed to a restructured contract, the team announced on Wednesday. The 10th-year player participated in the Broncos’ OTA practice earlier this morning.
“Ultimately we met in a middle ground and got the deal done,” Warren said.
Warren, who was signed by Denver prior to the 2011 season, was injured during training camp and spent the 2011 season on injured reserve.
“It definitely was a blow,” Warren said about missing the season. “I had every intention to come in, earn my spot and make an impact.”
He spent the first eight years of his career with the Patriots, where he earned a pair of Super Bowl wins and a Pro Bowl selection (2007). Warren has totaled 374 tackles, 21 sacks, four forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in 105 career games (92 starts).
Warren adds depth and competition to an interior defensive line that added defensive tackles Justin Bannan and Derek Wolfe via free agency and the draft, respectively — along with the return of Kevin Vickerson, who missed most of the 2011 season with an injury. Ben Garland returns to compete for a roster spot as well, after the 1st Lt. was granted separation from the U.S. Air Force. First-year tackle Sealver Siliga and third-year player Mitch Unrein round out the unit.
Now that he’s rehabbed back from his injury, Warren said that he’s happy with where he is from a health standpoint.
“I feel good,” Warren said. “I’m definitely much lighter than I was when I got here last year. I’m pretty much at my ideal weight.”
“My main goal is to get in the best shape I can,” he continued. “As long as I’m in shape, the physicality part I’ve been doing it since I was 8. … I’m about as fresh as I’ve ever been.”
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