Osi Umenyiora’s ability to bury the contract hatchet with the Giants seems to be an inspiration to other disgruntled defensive linemen.
The Broncos announced Wednesday afternoon that they have agreed to a restructured contract with defensive tackle Ty Warren. Warren had been resisting efforts by the Broncos to cut his pay for the 2012 season, but the two sides found some common ground. Terms of the restructured deal haven’t been released, but the team was believed to be interested in cutting Warren’s salary from $4 million to somewhere around $1.5 million while Warren balked at signing a new deal.
In the team’s announcement, Warren said that he had found middle ground with the Broncos on the new deal. Warren took part in Wednesday’s practice, his first of the year after sitting out the offseason program until this point, and said that he felt like he was in good shape.
“I feel good,” Warren said in the team’s release. “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. 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.”
Warren signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Broncos before last season but didn’t play a down for the team because of a torn triceps. He’ll be sharing time at defensive tackle with newcomers Justin Bannan and Derek Wolfe in a defensive tackle rotation that Denver hopes is part of a strong defense in 2012.