Even close to the regular season, the New England Patriots are keeping up the pace they established in the off-season.
The Patriots signed standout defensive end Ty Warren to a five-year extension on Thursday 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 exisiting contract. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Warren started in all 15 games he played last season and has missed just one game during his career. He registered a career-high 7.5 sacks in 2006.
Warren is part of football's best young defensive line, also featuring Richard Seymour and nose tackle Vince Wilfork.