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More DL Depth: Patriots sign Gerard Warren, Andre Carter

Patriots' DL Gerard Warren rushes after Bills' QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Image from oleantimesherald.com)

The New England Patriots continued to revamp its defensive line over the weekend, re-signing defensive lineman Gerard Warren and agreeing to terms with free agent Andre Carter.

Warren played on the Patriots’ defensive line in 2010, registering 3.5 sacks and 17 solo tackles in 10 starts as an injury replacement for Ty Warren. Warren, the third pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, appeared in all 16 games last year, and was one of the few consistencies on New England’s line.

“He did a lot of good things for us last year, a veteran player that I thought handled himself very well on the team,” stated Coach Bill Belichick.

New England’s other acquisition, Andre Carter, was a member of the Washington Redskins last season. Carter, the seventh choice in the 2001 NFL Draft, mostly played left-outside linebacker in 2010, recording 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and 25 solo tackles in the Redskins’ 3-4 system.

Depending on the defensive front Belichick uses, Carter’s role could either be as a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker. Carter has seen his best production on the defensive line however, tallying 10-plus sacks on three occasions, including an 11 sack season as a member of the Redskins in 2009.

“I think he’s another high-quality individual, very professional, works hard, very well-conditioned athlete.” Belichick said. “He’s had a lot of production throughout his career.”

Warren and Carter join Shaun Ellis, Mark Anderson and Albert Haynesworth as key additions to the Patriots’ defensive retooling this year.

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