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Patriots add yet another defensive lineman

Gerard Warren AP

The Patriots continue to add veteran defensive linemen at a ridiculous rate.

The team announced the re-signing of Gerard Warren on Monday, their fourth move on the line in the last few days.

They now have Warren, Mike Wright, Albert Haynesworth, Myron Pryor, Ron Brace, Mark Anderson, Jermaine Cunningham, Eric Moore, Andre Carter, and Shaun Ellis among those in their group.

Some recent signings may wind up getting cut.  Brace, a second round pick in 2009, could also potentially get the axe.

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  1. ampats says: Aug 8, 2011 2:23 PM

    21 defensive lineman in camp.

    Looks like the Patriots D will be getting pressure up front. Have to love the competition BB has created.

  2. picksix401 says: Aug 8, 2011 2:25 PM

    i guess belichick felt this draft class was weak in terms of d-linemen.. don’t know how well this patchwork free agent line will do, but it’s better than last year’s! let’s hope for the best

  3. plundergrunge says: Aug 8, 2011 2:26 PM

    That’s a lotta ego.

  4. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Aug 8, 2011 2:28 PM

    Lol Gerard Warren is happy about something in that picture. I would recommend dropping Brace, a waste of a roster spot and a salary.

  5. jjarvis says: Aug 8, 2011 2:31 PM

    This tells me:

    1. They took a risk on Haynesworth early and are concerned he won’t remain healthy or motivated.
    2. They didn’t get the guy they wanted at the right price (whomever that was — maybe Roth) and are flailing around trying to back fill.
    3. Bill is flying a little by the seat of his pants because no matter how much he complains that the media “made up” his attachment to a 3-4…he’s played a 3-4 for ten years and he’s still feeling through the switch.

  6. kylecleric says: Aug 8, 2011 2:31 PM

    Brace and Deaderick will go to PUP

  7. benh999 says: Aug 8, 2011 2:33 PM

    Were there any FA DL the Patsies didn’t sign?

  8. pfii63 says: Aug 8, 2011 2:33 PM

    For those actually paying attention to the Pats’ roster, neither Brace nor Deaderick (also a DL) has been able to practice so far in camp. While it is possible that either may get cut, don’t be surprised to see one or both head to IR. Pryor just returned to practice, but we will see how healthy he is.

    One thing for sure, depth is not an issue right now.

  9. ninjapleazee says: Aug 8, 2011 2:35 PM

    maybe he’s trying to gather all the other 31 nfl team’s playbooks…

  10. CKL says: Aug 8, 2011 2:37 PM

    LOL instead of “BIG MONEY” GW is now “old money”.
    Seriously though he was a nice role player for the Pats last year. I am kind of surprised they signed him again and wonder if it wasn’t something where they had a little agreement about it ahead of time. I hadn’t heard of Warren garnering other offers.

  11. flakazoid says: Aug 8, 2011 2:37 PM

    Just what have they been using all those draft picks for?

    He may be a genius at acquiring the draft picks . . . but he sure ain’t a genius at using them.

  12. cleverbob says: Aug 8, 2011 2:39 PM

    OMG they’re trying to buy a SB!!!

  13. pone27 says: Aug 8, 2011 2:40 PM

    Can never have too many lineman.

    No D or O line, and your D and O can’t execute plays the way they want to.

  14. jo3jo says: Aug 8, 2011 2:45 PM

    Entire teams are going to be created from the Patriots discards when they pare down to the 53 man roster. Every team concerned about glaring holes is going to find one stop shopping in the Pats and similar teams dumpsters shortly. While it’s good for eg NE to get first dibs, I suspect this is going to end badly for a lot of veterans who will be scrambling for jobs at the end of preseason and end up performing badly on teams where they only just received the playbook and never had a chance to gel. One of the early and not well thought out casualties of the new CBA system I suspect.

  15. bwisnasky says: Aug 8, 2011 2:47 PM

    Brace not pan out? I didn’t think the Patriots made bad draft choices….

  16. davidvt77 says: Aug 8, 2011 2:48 PM

    You forgot Vince Wilfork, hands down the best of the lot.

  17. jsrdc says: Aug 8, 2011 2:50 PM

    cleverbob,

    IF your comment is literal, and if you are an Eagle fan, your comment is ridiculous, as this is night and day compared to what the Eagles are doing. The Pats aren’t spending any money to bring these guys in, and they aren’t signing high-profile players (except for Fat Albert, but he is only high-profile due to controversy, not his contract price). Going after all the big name FA’s, and then signing a multitude of other guys is what Philly did. NE is bringing in guys competing for the same positions on the D-line. Philly is doing what Snyder has tried to do – bring in a lot of guys that are high-profile and high paid because they have the $ to spend, and it is SB or bust for Philly (which it always has been, but it has never worked out). I don’t think it will work out this year either. Too much pressure on both Reid and the team, the spotlight will be bright and take its toll, and it takes a perfect storm to win it all – not just signing all the high-profile players because you have the $ to do so.

  18. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 8, 2011 2:58 PM

    That’s weird – I thought they were only signing the fat ones this year.

  19. flakazoid says: Aug 8, 2011 3:08 PM

    If the ‘genius’ hadn’t gotten rid of Richard Seymour [who is still playing at a very high level] maybe he wouldn’t have to sort through this rummage sale of retreads.

    He did the same thing with Branch. Got rid of him then didn’t have anyone who could catch and it cost them in the playoffs.

  20. bullcharger says: Aug 8, 2011 3:12 PM

    flakazoid:

    They used their draft picks on Hernadez, Gronkowski and McCourty who helped to get them to 14-2 last year instead of 10-6 or less, like many predicted. That’s a pretty good use of picks if you ask me.

  21. sschmiggles says: Aug 8, 2011 3:12 PM

    flakazoid says:
    Aug 8, 2011 2:37 PM
    Just what have they been using all those draft picks for?

    He may be a genius at acquiring the draft picks . . . but he sure ain’t a genius at using them.
    _____________________________

    Patrick Chung
    Brandon Meriweather
    Devin McCourty
    Brandon Spikes
    Jermaine Cunningham
    Rob Gronkowski
    Aaron Hernandez
    Sebastian Vollmer
    Jerod Mayo

    are all starters from the 08-10 drafts. and of course I don’t have to tell you about guys like Richard Seymour, Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, Asante Samuel, plus all the high-quality backups we’ve drafted recently, too (Julian Edelman, Myron Pryor, etc)

    Yeah, Bill just has no idea what to do with draft picks. Totally lost. Maybe he should take lessons from Fat Rex?

  22. rushmatic says: Aug 8, 2011 3:25 PM

    @jjarvis

    Now we can all leave this page knowing exactly what’s going on in Bill’s mind. Cool! Not many people can claim to know that kind of thing, but you evidently do.

    Also, half your facts are false. Oh, and the first part of my comment was sarcasm.

  23. cballlv11 says: Aug 8, 2011 3:32 PM

    or maybe…

    Old Bill has a new idea for a defense loaded with guys who can play both 3-4 and 4-3 and switch either way with a quick shift as late as possible to keep the O on skates??? Lots of bulk to get lot of pressure …

  24. flakazoid says: Aug 8, 2011 3:36 PM

    Well, when you have twice as many picks as everyone else [cause of the idiot owners who keep giving them to you] it’s a helluva lot easier to hit on some. Check out Kevin Colbert’s record. Half as many picks turned into many more starters. [and lots of on-field success as well]

  25. bleedgreen says: Aug 8, 2011 3:36 PM

    BB is going to revolutionize defense in the NFL running his brand new 9-2 defense. Comprised of 9 defensive linemen and 2 corners, no team will have time to pass the ball before being flattened.

    This is akin to using goal line defense in early football video games and just bumrushing the O-Line on every play.

  26. bleedblue18 says: Aug 8, 2011 3:38 PM

    “Some recent signings may wind up getting cut”

    ——————————————————————-

    Same thing I was thinking, I doubt all those guys make it through the cut.

  27. jnbnet says: Aug 8, 2011 3:41 PM

    flakazoid says:
    Aug 8, 2011 2:37 PM
    Just what have they been using all those draft picks for?

    ==================================
    Child…please

  28. mrclearview says: Aug 8, 2011 3:43 PM

    …….are all starters from the 08-10 drafts. and of course I don’t have to tell you about guys like Richard Seymour, Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, Asante Samuel, plus all the high-quality backups we’ve drafted recently, too (Julian Edelman, Myron Pryor, etc)

    Not trying to be a jerk…but alot of these picks mentioned here are Scott Pioli picks. Not saying Bill can’t draft, because I think he is very good at drafting, but Pioli has made some amazing picks for the Pats.

  29. tomcous says: Aug 8, 2011 3:44 PM

    Marcus Stroud is also under contract up there I believe.

  30. truetrue85 says: Aug 8, 2011 3:46 PM

    Wow, so many haters here. It’s obvious not many people actually watched the Patriots last season. Come playoff time they were incredibly thin on the DL. As a matter of fact they were so thin that less than 2 days after suspending Brandon Deaderick, they brought him back to play in the playoff game against the Jets. Bill is simply building dept along the defensive line in order to avoid that happening again this year. Going into the playoffs last season they were down to 5 healthy d-lineman… I’m gonna go ahead and say they probably would have made it to the super bowl had the unit been healthy… like it was when they beat up on the Steelers and Jets earlier in the year. That playoff loss was a result of them not being able to rush the quarterback or stuff the run.

    @jjarvis: You’re wrong actually. Yes they took a risk on Albert Haynesworth, and so far he is looking great… but that doesn’t change the fact that the projected DE’s on the roster (Cunningham and Moore) have been anything but impressive in camp so far. So why not pick up Ellis, Anderson and Carter on the cheap to provide some competition and get the best out of your players?

  31. CKL says: Aug 8, 2011 4:08 PM

    flakazoid says:
    Aug 8, 2011 3:08 PM
    If the ‘genius’ hadn’t gotten rid of Richard Seymour [who is still playing at a very high level] maybe he wouldn’t have to sort through this rummage sale of retreads.

    He did the same thing with Branch. Got rid of him then didn’t have anyone who could catch and it cost them in the playoffs.
    _________________________________
    I will give you that the Branch situation was mismanaged by them, no doubt. They shouldn’t have let him seek trade partners and just said, “play it out”. I think they were surprised another team would give a #1 for him, honestly.

    For Seymour, yes he was still a good player. Yes their D would have been better WITH him in 09. But the 09 team was a weak team overall mentally & physically. I don’t think they would have gone far in the playoffs either way. And Seymour was never going to be for the Pats again what he is now in Oak, which is a happy player making top money. He did nothing but bitch after they paid him all that money in 05, and was wanting another big deal. I would say it worked out OK for both teams.

  32. pfii63 says: Aug 8, 2011 4:11 PM

    Here are the DLs currently on the roster. * notes players most likely to start the season on the active roster (just my guess).

    Ron Brace
    Andre Carter
    Landon Cohen
    *Jermaine Cunningham (still on roster as OLB)
    Brandon Deaderick
    * Shaun Ellis
    * Albert Haynesworth
    Aaron Lavarias
    Kyle Love
    * Eric Moore
    * Marques Murrell (likely OLB/DE split)
    Clay Nurse
    * Myron Pryor
    Darryl Richard
    Alex Silvestro
    * Gerrard Warren
    Kade Weston
    * Vince Wilfork
    Steve Williams
    * Mike Wright

  33. dbellina says: Aug 8, 2011 4:14 PM

    It’s funny because half those guys could probably start an another team in the NFL.

    Als0, Tom Brady is dreamy.

  34. pfii63 says: Aug 8, 2011 4:14 PM

    I left Anderson off because he is not on the active roster at present… likely training camp fodder.

  35. apdynasty23 says: Aug 8, 2011 4:16 PM

    Hoody may not draft well but he at least knows how to make sure a prospect is an American citizen (*cough, Rex)

  36. all4patriots says: Aug 8, 2011 4:17 PM

    Get ready for the football debut of the 11 man front!

    No receiver gets off the line after getting pancaked by a 300 pounder.
    ;)

  37. southcakpanther says: Aug 8, 2011 4:23 PM

    Carolina could use 1 or 2 of those experienced D linemen. Quit hording Patriots!

  38. jolink653 says: Aug 8, 2011 4:28 PM

    hey flagstaff i love how you read every patriots article just to leave a comment bashing the team…seems like you might a little too much time on your hands so maybe you should spend more of that time worrying about your own team rather than leaving stupid comments on every article about a team you clearly envy or wish your team could be like

  39. cleverbob says: Aug 8, 2011 4:29 PM

    jsrdc –

    I’m just poking fun, all the reactionary comments the moment any “name” free agent signs a contract are amusing.

    However, your comparison of the Eagles to the Skins isn’t very accurate. They have essentially done the same thing as the Patriots on the FA market (if you get to exclude Haynesworth I get to exclude Asomugah). They signed proven veterans for backup/rotation slots to what are essentially low risk, 1 year contracts. If they were overpaying there’s no way that they’d be nearly $5M under the cap. Does it guarantee a SB trophy? Absolutely not, but an exciting season and legitimate shot are much more likely after all their moves.

  40. bostonfan4eva says: Aug 8, 2011 5:29 PM

    Load up BB, dump the one’s you don’t like and win another Super Bowl.

    I Love the approach.

  41. lostsok says: Aug 8, 2011 5:49 PM

    Belicheat is clearing loading up on geezers to make one final run before he retires. It’s the same move Shula made in ’95.

    His success was built on young low-ego talent. I’m not sure why Belicheat thinks THIS will work.

    Should be a fun implosion to watch for fans of the other 31 teams though.

  42. rc33 says: Aug 8, 2011 7:02 PM

    mrclearview says:
    Aug 8, 2011 3:43 PM
    …….are all starters from the 08-10 drafts. and of course I don’t have to tell you about guys like Richard Seymour, Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, Asante Samuel, plus all the high-quality backups we’ve drafted recently, too (Julian Edelman, Myron Pryor, etc)

    Not trying to be a jerk…but alot of these picks mentioned here are Scott Pioli picks. Not saying Bill can’t draft, because I think he is very good at drafting, but Pioli has made some amazing picks for the Pats.

    ————————————————-
    Some of those were Pioli’s.
    Nick Cesario oversaw last year’s Patriots draft while Pioli was making picks in KC, meaning McCourtey, Gronkowski, Spikes, Hernandez, Cunningham, etc. were all his selections.
    Pretty successful first time around, I’d say.

  43. firemarshal1 says: Aug 8, 2011 7:03 PM

    New England Defensive Line should be called “The Fat Albert Gang.” Hey, hey, who going to be fatest and slowest lineman in the league? Coach Bill, order me dozen pizzas for me and my fatso friends. That’s right coach, I’m buying for my home boys. Hey, hey…it’s Fat (Prince) Albert……Come on Ty and Shaun….let’s eat, the coach likes big men….who are double wide.

  44. rodericksilva says: Aug 8, 2011 8:38 PM

    jsrdc,

    The Eagles signed players that took less than what they could have made elsewhere. They did not overpay anyone.

    They were 40 million under the cap and very competitive. Now they are 5 million under and much better.

    So, sorry, no overpriced FAs on the Eagles.

  45. 1historian says: Aug 8, 2011 8:46 PM

    Mr.Clearview;

    Pioli did not make all those picks by himself – he worked with Belichik. A fairer comparison is how the Pats have done since Pioli left and how K.C. has done since Pioli got there.

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