posted on Jul, 26 2003 @ 09:12 AM
The New England Patriots, who open training camp Wednesday, will have first-round draft pick Ty Warren in uniform after the defensive tackle signed
with the team Monday.
Terms of the deal for Warren, the 13th pick in the draft, were not disclosed.
The 6ft 5in, 307-pound Warren, who was the sixth defensive lineman selected, was one of seven draft picks signed by the Patriots on Monday.
New England also signed free agent offensive lineman Matt Knutson and waived three rookies.
The Patriots moved up on draft day to select the Texas A&M product, who had 52 tackles and 4.5 sacks during an injury-plagued senior season.
Starting 25 of 36 games for the Aggies, the 22-year-old Warren had 144 tackles and 13.5 sacks.
Warren, who started games at tackle and end while in college, should help a defence ranked 31st against the run last season.
Also signing contracts on Monday were cornerback Eugene Wilson, the 36th player selected in the draft.
Wilson started 35 straight games for Illinois and finished with 176 tackles and 11 interceptions.
Wide receiver Bethel Johnson, also a second-round selection, signed on Monday.
Johnson was a team-mate of Warren's in college and set school records with 117 receptions for 1,740 yards.
Centre Dan Koppen, tight end Spencer Nead and linebacker Tully Banta-Cain also signed, as did sixth-round draft pick Kliff Kingsbury, a quarterback
from Texas Tech who was the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
Knutson, 24, spent most of last season on the practice squads of the Patriots and New York Jets.
New England created roster space Monday by waiving guard Dave Petruziello, wide receiver Kerry Watkins and running back Derek Watson.