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DL Gerard Warren had faith the Patriots would call

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  August 9, 2011 05:26 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Bill Belichick told defensive lineman Gerard Warren to sit tight this offseason. If there was a position available when the season began, Belichick wanted to bring Warren back for another year.

That may have been tough for some players to believe, but Warren took a chance.

"He's a man of his word," said Warren Tuesday. "A lot of times when you get that message, "don't call us, we'll call you,' you have to think long and hard. But he told me if it was possible for me to be back, that he would give me a call. And he honored his word and gave me a call."

Warren played in 16 games last season and registered 3.5 sacks and 28 tackles. If the chance was there, Warren said he wanted to come back to play with guys like Vince Wilfork and to win.

"I'm glad to come back," he said. "Last year was a great experience. It didn't finish the way we wanted it to, but I know the purpose and the direction that this team wants to go and I want to be a part of it again."

With so many defensive linemen on the roster, Warren said, "only the strong will survive."

He is looking to be one of the strong ones. He is entering his 11th NFL season and said he wasn't ready to give up football. When asked if any other teams approached him, Warren said he told his agent, "call me, after you talk to New England."

"I felt like I had a few more years left in me and I wanted to be here in New England and fortunately, through God's blessings, it worked out that way," he said.

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