FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today the re-signing of veteran DL Gerard Warren. Terms of the contract were not announced. In addition, the Patriots released WR Tiquan Underwood.
Warren, 33, spent the last two seasons with the Patriots. The 6-4, 325-pound Warren originally joined the Patriots as a free agent on April 24, 2010, and played in 16 games with 10 starts, finishing with 36 total tackles and 3.5 sacks. He was re-signed on Aug. 8, 2011, released on Sept. 7, 2011 before being re-signed on Sept. 28, 2011. Last season, Warren played in 12 games and finished with 16 total tackles, 1.0 sack and 1 fumble recovery. He also played in all three postseason games, including Super Bowl XLVI.
Warren entered the NFL as a first round draft choice (3rd overall) of the Cleveland Browns in the 2001 NFL Draft out of Florida. Warren has played for the Browns (2001-04), Denver Broncos (2005-06) and the Oakland Raiders (2007-09) in addition to the Patriots.
During his 11 NFL seasons, he has played in 163 games with 137 starts and has registered 467 total tackles, 36.5 sacks, 18 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
Underwood, 25, played in five games for New England in 2011 and caught three passes for 30 yards. Underwood, 6-1, 183 pounds, originally entered the NFL as a seventh round draft choice (253rd overall) by Jacksonville in 2009 out of Rutgers. After beginning his rookie season on the practice squad, he joined the 53-man roster and appeared in three games, mainly on special teams. In 2010, he played in 10 games and caught eight passes for 111 yards and returned 24 kicks for 561 yards, including a career-long of 53 yards in the season-opener vs. Denver (9/12). He was released by Jacksonville on Aug. 25, 2011, and was signed by the Patriots on Aug. 29. Underwood was released by the Patriots on Sept. 3 before being signed back on Nov. 24. He was released again on Feb. 4 before re-signing on Feb. 7.