Ty Warren has ended his unofficial holdout and joined the team for today's OTAs. Denver had sought to cut the veteran defensive tackle's salary from a contracted $4M down to $1M-1.5M according to earlier reports.
The former Texas A&M Aggie and first-round pick of the Patriots spent eight seasons with New England before signing a two-year, $8M free-agent deal with the Broncos last August. But a torn triceps muscle suffered during training camp caused him to miss the season; a hip injury had cost Warren his 2010 season.
Kevin Vickerson ($1.2M) already agreed to a significant pay cut last month; the two join Justin Bannan ($1M) to form a trio of quality veterans who will altogether be paid less than Warren's original salary. Youngsters Mitch Unrein and 2011 practice-squadder Sealver Siliga are returning players, with first-year players Ben Garland and Derek Wolfe rounding out the position.
However, new coordinator Jack Del Rio has suggested that Wolfe, the team's first 2012 pick, may serve as a DE on first downs before sliding inside for th eteam's nickel package.