Patriots sign TE Gronkowski, cut DL Warren

Posted Sept. 07, 2011 @ 10:03 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Patriots are collecting Gronkowskis, as they signed TE Dan Gronkowski to join his brother Rob.

The team announced the move Wednesday and made it official that it cut CB Darius Butler and claimed former Dolphins ILB A.J. Edds. To make room for Gronkowski, the Patriots cut veteran DL Gerard Warren.

Dan Gronkowski, who was cut by the Broncos, was a seventh-round pick of the Lions in 2009. He has played in 14 career games with four starts. He caught eight passes for 65 yards last season.

Warren was a steady contributor for the Pats last season, playing in all 16 games with 10 starts and recording 36 tackles and 3½ sacks.

The way we see it

The Patriots had two blocking tight ends in camp, Lee Smith and Will Yeatman, who were claimed by the Bills and Dolphins, respectively, after being cut. Dan Gronkowski can help fill the role played by Alge Crumpler last season.

With the added depth on the D-line thanks to veteran additions Andre Carter, Mark Anderson and Albert Haynesworth, Warren was deemed expendable. He could always come back to New England at some point, if needed, assuming he doesn't sign elsewhere.