One of the last links to the Patriots’ Super Bowl wins could be leaving the team.
Or maybe not.
Center Dan Koppen, who missed all of the 2011 season after breaking an ankle in Week One against the Dolphins, will be a free agent on March 13. And even though he has spent all nine of his NFL seasons with the Patriots, he’s not foreclosing the possibility of skedaddling.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here and I’ve enjoyed playing here,” Koppen tells Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald. “Do I want to stay here and play? Yeah, absolutely, I’d love to come back here and play. But I’m not shut off to the idea of going other places or seeing the opportunities that may present themselves when the free agency period comes. It’s a uneasy time, but it’s an exciting time. Because things can change or things can not change. It’s one of those things where, I’m not closing any options. I’ve been around this league a long time, I know it’s a business. I know the business, I know the business side of it. I’ve seen things that happen in the past and some things just work out and some things just don’t work out. I understand that the Patriots have gotta do what’s best for them and I gotta do what’s best for my family. So, in the next couple weeks, if decisions have to be made, then I’m gonna make my decisions based on what I feel is right for my family.”
Koppen earned a base salary of $2.9 million in 2011. He joined the Patriots as a fifth-round pick from Boston College in 2003. Before 2011, he had missed only one game in five full seasons.
More importantly, he looks like a really large version of Louis C.K.