Ty Warren heading to Broncos

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Ty Warren heading to Broncos

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
Ty Warren has landed squarely on his feet in the Rockies. The longtime Patriots DT, released last week, signed with the Broncos for a reported two years and 10 million. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who is apparently answering phones at the NFL offices as all transaction news comes in, he'll get 2.5 million guaranteed. "I never had a doubt," Warren answered me by text message when I reached out to say it was good to see him land somewhere quickly. "I am truly blessed."The Broncos have become a catch basin for former Patriots in recent years thanks in part to former Pats OC Josh McDaniels having been the head coach. Prior to Warren heading out there, Jarvis Green was a pickup by Denver prior to last season. He signed for four years and 20 million last March and then was cut in September. Tight end Daniel Graham signed there as a free agent in 2007 (he recently moved on to Tennessee and is now 32). And, of course, Le Kevin Smith (French for, "The Kevin Smith) was dealt there for a seventh-rounder in 2007.

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Mayock: If I'm Cleveland, I'd be 'stoked' to land Garoppolo for No. 12 pick

Mayock: If I'm Cleveland, I'd be 'stoked' to land Garoppolo for No. 12 pick

NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock quarterbacked a marathon conference call with reporters from around the country on Monday in order to shed some light on the prospects who will compete at the combine later this week. One thing that stood out? He's not ready to crown anyone in this year's crop of draftable signal-callers.

As a result of the dearth of pro-ready talent at quarterback, Mayock recognized Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo as perhaps the top target for any quarterback-needy team. Garoppolo might interest the Cleveland Browns in particular, Mayock noted, because of the number of picks they have near the top of the draft.

"In my opinion," Mayock said, "if I'm the Cleveland Browns and I've got No. 1 and No. 12, if I came away with either [defensive end Myles] Garrett or [defensive tackle] Jonathan Allen at No. 1, and gave up the 12th pick in the draft to get Garoppolo? I would be stoked.

"I would feel like I had a difference-maker on defense and we had a quarterback on offense. Now let's get to work. We got five in the first 65 picks. Let's get to work. From my perspective, especially looking at the quarterbacks this year, if they gave up No. 12 and could get Garoppolo, I'd be all over that."

Patriots promote coaching assistant Nick Caley to tight ends coach

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Patriots promote coaching assistant Nick Caley to tight ends coach

As the Patriots so often like to do, they promoted from within to fill an open coaching position on Monday. 

The team announced that they've named Nick Caley as their tight ends coach, filling the vacancy left behind when Brian Daboll accepted the offensive coordinator position at the University of Alabama last week. 

Caley was a coaching assistant with the Patriots for the past two seasons after spending a decade in the college ranks at John Carroll (2005-06), Akron (2006-07), Auburn (2008), Iowa State (2009-11), Eastern Illinois (2012), Arkansas (2013) and Florida Atlantic (2014).

Caley is one of several John Carroll products -- including director of player personnel Nick Caserio, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Shuplinski -- working for the Patriots at the moment. He graduated from the Jesuit university situated just outside of Cleveland in 2006.