Broncos acquire DT Gerard Warren

The Denver Broncos have acquired defensive lineman Gerard Warren in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. In exchange, Denver sends Cleveland its fourth-round selection in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Warren, 6-4, 325 pounds, was a starting defensive tackle in each of his four seasons with the Browns, who selected him No. 3 overall in the 2001 NFL Draft from the University of Florida. He played 60 career regular-season games (59 starts) for Cleveland, totaling 247 tackles (165 solo), 16.5 sacks (100 yds.), 10 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Warren's 16.5 sacks tie for the 10th-highest total recorded by an NFL interior lineman from 2001-04.

In 2004, he posted 38 tackles (21 solo), four sacks (26.5 yds.) and a team-high three forced fumbles in 13 games (13 starts) while tying for second on the Browns with 21 quarterback pressures. Warren set a career high with 5.5 sacks (26.5 yds.) as a 15-game starter in 2003 and finished the year with 70 tackles (33 solo) and a team-high 34 quarterback pressures.

Warren was regarded as one of the top interior linemen in the nation at Florida, where he was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a junior and received second-team accolades from the conference as a sophomore. Rated the best defensive tackle in college football by The NFL Draft Report in 2000, Warren played 35 career games (22 starts) for the Gators and totaled 159 tackles (91 solo), 9.5 sacks (61 yds.) and 30 tackles-for-loss (121 yds.).

A second-team USA Today All-American at Union County High School in Raiford, Fla., Warren led the school to three state titles and was twice named first-team all-state (3A). Gerard T. Warren was born July 25, 1978, in Lake City, Fla.

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