Warren missed all of the 2010 NFL season with a hip injury. He had been a stalwart on the left side of the defensive line since being drafted out of Texas A&M.
As rampant media speculation has alluded to, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Warren back under a lesser deal, although that is looking less and less likely.
Warren stated that the Patriots were “moving in a different direction defensively”, and has expressed interest in joining the Cowboys.
Releasing him outright, as opposed to restructuring, moves his remaining signing bonus amortization ($5.3m via PatsCap.com) into 2012 due to the “dead money” CBA provision this year. Crumpler was also due a $3.1 million salary.
The Patriots will save about $5.6 million against the cap in 2011.
If Warren does not re-sign, this leaves the Patriots looking at 2nd-year player Brandon Deaderick and veterans Mike Wright, Myron Pryor, Ron Brace, and a host of others to fill in. Vince Wilfork and Albert Haynesworth are expected to be the other starters for the Patriots.
Also released for the Patriots were Nick Kaczur, Alge Crumpler, Marcus Stroud, Tony Carter, and Ryan Coulson.