After losing Anthony McFarland for the year following his surgery to repair a torn patella tendon, the Colts were prepared to evaluate three rookies, possibly in a rotation, to fill McFarland's position. Former Penn State defensive tackle Ed Johnson started against the Cowboys last Thursday night and made five tackles and posted two sacks. Third-round pick Quinn Pitcock out of Ohio State is getting up to speed after getting to camp late due to a lingering injury, and seventh-rounder Keyunta Dawson will likely get the opportunity to rotate in on obvious passing downs due to his speed.
Warren, a former first-round and third overall pick by the Browns back in 2001, is 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds. If Indianapolis reels him in, he's be the largest defensive lineman on the roster, outsizing Johnson and Pitcock by 2 inches in height and roughly 25 pounds. He's logged 90 career starts, including 31 over the past two seasons with Denver. During that span, Denver had the seventh-best rush defense in the league.
Denver obtained Warren from the Browns in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft and are reportedly seeking an unspecified future draft pick for him. The Colts might not have to offer even that high of a pick in a trade since Warren is coming off a disappointing year compared to previous seasons due to his injury problems. And that could make him a real steal for the Colts, who could use some more bulk on the defensive line for obvious rushing downs.
Weighing into the Colts' evaluation of surrendering a draft pick for Warren will be the fact that they already traded away their first-round pick in the 2008 draft. They used that trade to get a second-round pick in this year's draft to obtain offensive tackle Tony Ugoh earlier this year, so t
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