Englewood, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos found a surprising trade partner to unload defensive tackle Gerard Warren -- the Oakland Raiders.
The Broncos shipped Warren to the Raiders Monday for an undisclosed 2008 draft pick.
Warren was deemed the Broncos' best defensive linemen just one year ago, as evidenced by the six-year, $36 million contract he signed, before injuries to both big toes led to an unproductive 2006 season.
This year, he didn't fit in the system put in place by the new defensive boss Jim Bates, which requires beefy interior linemen who hold the point of attack rather than penetrate.
Warren is a 6-4, 325-pounder, and a seventh-year pro who spent the last two seasons in Denver.
He was acquired in a trade with Cleveland in 2005.