Broncos re-sign Warren and Leach

The Denver Broncos have re-signed unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Gerard Warren to a six-year contract and re-signed unrestricted free-agent tight end/long snapper Mike Leach to a four-year contract.

Warren (6-foot-4, 325 pounds) is entering his sixth year in the NFL and second season with the Broncos after the club obtained him in a trade on March 2, 2005.

"Gerard joined our team in 2005 and made an immediate impact on the defensive front," Broncos General Manager Ted Sundquist said. "Players of his ability are very difficult to come by, and ensuring that Gerard remained a Bronco was one of our top offseason priorities."

Leach (6-foot-2, 245 pounds) is entering his seventh year in the NFL and fourth season with the Broncos after joining the team as a free agent on Nov. 4, 2002.

"One of the most important parts of the kicking game starts with the snap, and Mike has been a consistent and reliable asset to the Broncos over the past few seasons," Sundquist said. "His signing ensures that our special-teams unit will remain strong."

Warren joined the Broncos in 2005 after playing his first four professional seasons with Cleveland, which selected him with the third overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. He has played 76 career regular-season games (75 starts) and totaled 289 tackles (187 solo), 19.5 sacks (125 yds.), 13 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

In 2005, Warren started all 16 regular-season games at defensive tackle and helped the Broncos rank second in the NFL in run defense (85.2 ypg.) and record the third-best such mark in franchise history. The 27-year-old tied for fourth on Denver with three sacks (25 yds.) and added 42 tackles (22 solo) along with three pass breakups.

Warren, whose 19.5 sacks since 2001 tie for the eighth-highest total among active NFL defensive linemen, has twice recorded five or more sacks in a season. He has started at least 15 games in a year during four of his five professional seasons, including his rookie campaign in 2001 when he led Cleveland with 34 quarterback pressures and posted a career-best 83 tackles (72 solo).

A first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a junior at the University of Florida, Warren was rated the best defensive tackle in college football by The NFL Draft Report in 2000. Before joining the Gators, Warren was a second-team USA Today All-American at Union County High School in Lake Butler, Fla., and led the school to three state titles.

Gerard T. Warren was born July 25, 1978, in Lake City, Fla.

Leach has handled Denver's long-snapping duties in every game for the last three seasons and served as the team's long snapper for the final eight games of the 2002 campaign after signing as a free agent. He entered the NFL with Tennessee in 2000 as an undrafted free agent and played 19 games with the Titans from 2000-01.

Leach, who also has seen time at tight end, has played 75 career regular-season games and totaled 14 special-teams tackles. The 29-year-old recorded five tackles on special teams for the Broncos in 2005.

A two-year starter at tight end for William & Mary, Leach was a first-team Walter Camp All-America choice as a senior in 1999. He also led the Atlantic 10 Conference in punting during both his junior and senior seasons after transferring from Boston University.

Michael Leach was born Oct. 18, 1976, in Jefferson Township, N.J., and attended Jefferson Township High School.



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