Despite all the D-line shuffling that went on in 2010, Patriots veteran DE Ty Warren likely will be fighting to regain his starting spot, and possibly to stay on the roster, after missing all of last season with a hip injury.
Warren, who has played all seven of his seasons in New England, told the Boston Herald last week that he's feeling healthier than he has in a long time. Because of injuries, Warren played in just 13 games in both '08 and '09. He has 20½ career sacks in 92 starts, and was sorely needed last season on a defensive line that saw multiple players, including rookies, getting starts.
But the way we hear it, Warren's roster spot might be in jeopardy. The 30-year-old is set to make $3.1 million next season, though he did tell the Herald that he was not asked to take a pay cut.
Even so, the Patriots are expected to draft a 3-4 end. They also added veteran Marcus Stroud just before the league year ended, giving Warren more competition. Warren is doing what he needs to in order to get in shape, and he brings a veteran presence, but he's not a shoo-in to return in 2011.