Warren Doesn't Get The Credit He Deserves

FOXBORO - Considering the breakout year Ty Warren had last season, the signing of the talented defensive end to a long-term contract has flown underneath the radar this preseason with the high profile holdout of disgruntled cornerback Asante Samuel.

Warren arguably had more of an impact on the success of the Patriots defense than any other defensive player on the team, including last year's Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour and Samuel.

The Patriots signed Warren to a five-year extension worth over $36 million, including $17.5 million in guaranteed money. Warren, the 13th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, had two years remaining on his existing contract.

"I'm glad that both sides could agree and obviously both sides are happy with it, so it was executed," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said of the Warren signing following the Tennessee game last Friday.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Warren had a breakout season and started in all 15 games he played last season. Warren's on the field production has been on a steady rise since his rookie-season in 2003. During his rookie campaign, he had 33 tackles (18 solo), he had 64 tackles (46 solo) in 2004, and 77 tackles (40) in 2005.

Ty Warren at New England Patriots training camp August 2007 (Photo Kevin Saleeba / PatriotsInsider.com)

In 2006, Warren led all Patriots' linemen with 117 tackles (second only to inside linebacker Tedy Bruschi's 124 tackles), including 66 solo tackles. He was also tied for second on the team with 7.5 sacks. He had a total of 6.5 sacks during his first three seasons with the Pats. To put it in perspective, Seymour finished with only 51 tackles with just 25 unassisted tackles and standout nose tackle Vince Wilfork tallied 81 tackles with only 46 unassisted. Warren also finished second on the team with 13 quarterback hits.

Warren was involved with several game-winning stops on defense for the Patriots last season. During an early season home game against Buffalo, Warren registered the game-winning sack of JP Losman for an 8-yard loss in the end zone resulting in a safety with 8:33 left in the game.

In Week 4 at Cincinnati, Warren dropped Carson Palmer for a 7-yard sack, forced the signal caller to fumble and recovered the ball to clinch the game for the Patriots in the fourth quarter. Against Tennessee, Warren also sacked elusive quarterback Vince Young in the fourth quarter in a Patriots victory.

Following a 10 tackle (7 solo) performance against Denver last season, Belichick credited Warren's increased on-field production to simple hard work.

"Ty works as hard as anybody," Belichick said. "He's a good football player and he works hard and he really tries to do the job exactly the way you want it done. I don't think you could ask any more of a player than that. It's been that way for several years and I think that's why he's continued to improve."

Warren was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month after a December in which he recorded 43 tackles (27 solo) and four sacks. He led the team in single game tackles four times, led or tied the team in sacks five times, and led or tied for the team lead in quarterback hit five times. He collected a career high with 12 tackles against both the Jets and the Colts.

Warren has proved to be very durable. In four seasons, Warren has started 51 of 63 games recording 291 tackles (170 solo) and has missed just one game during his career.

Warren also elevated the entire play of the defense. Warren helped last season's defense that set a franchise record by allowing just 14.81 points per game. The defense allowed just 237 points, the fewest by any Patriots club over a 16-game season.

"He is a total team player," said Belichick. "He's very conscious of what the team concept is and how he fits into that, and plays within that, so that everybody else can play within their role in the team concept."

Materials from Scout.com articles and wire reports were used in this story.

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