ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- It wasn't just the money or the motivation that led to Gerard Warren's departure from the Denver Broncos.
Warren failed to fit into Jim Bates' new defensive scheme and found himself outplayed by a former apprentice, Amon Gordon, a third-year pro who played on the Broncos' practice squad last year after he was claimed off waivers from Cleveland.
Coach Mike Shanahan said one of the reasons the team was able to trade Warren was that it had a young player who stepped up and played consistently.
So, Warren is in Oakland trying to revive his career, and Gordon is in Denver trying to get his career off the ground.
Gordon, who has started alongside Sam Adams in the Broncos' preseason games, actually has mixed feelings about Warren's departure.
While it presents him with a terrific opportunity to start, it also separates him from his mentor.