Warfield Looks For A Fresh Start

The Patriots acquired former Kansas City defensive back Eric Warfield to add veteran depth to their secondary for 2006. Part of the strategy last season was to build veteran depth around their rookies. This year Eric Warfield hopes to be part of that depth. By all accounts, he should be. Warfield has some issues he's tried to put behind him. He spoke about those issues recently, and how he is looking for a fresh start.

Newly signed cornerback Eric Warfield, who was cut by the Chiefs on March 2, is adamant that his problems with alcohol abuse are in the past.

Warfield was suspended for the first four games of the 2005 season after logging his third DUI arrest. For his latest transgression he spent a month in rehab, 10 days in jail and 80 days under house arrest after the 2004 season.

"Any way you look at it, three DUIs doesn't look good to anyone," Warfield, 30, told the Boston Globe. "There is no way you can try to make it look good. That's just the basic reality of what I've brought upon myself. It's cost me a lot of respect in the league. It's cost me a lot of money."

Warfield spent his first eight seasons with Kansas City, making 77 starts and intercepting 20 passes. He started all but one game from 2001 to 2004 before last year's suspension set him back.

"Last year I checked myself into a rehab center and stayed there," he said. "I now attend AA meetings twice a week and meet with counselors week after week, so I've pretty much set my life up to where I'm not in any position to go out to drink.

"It's a day-to-day thing. You can't say you're completely done. I just know that I haven't done anything bad as far as drinking, or made plans to go out and drink. I just take it one day at a time and hopefully I can keep it that way."

Warfield's mother, Rosie Warfield-McGill, told the Boston Herald that her son had "surrounded himself with some negative people" and had succumbed to temptation.

"I want to be truthful -- he's not without blame," she said. "But his problem is that he tries to satisfy too many different people. I'm glad he's in New England. He's with a coaching staff that cares for him and will keep an eye on him. I really believe this year is his time to overcome his problems."

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