Patriots re-sign offensive lineman Dan Connolly

AP

Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots have reached an agreement to keep guard/center Dan Connolly.

Bedard suspects Connolly’s re-signing spells the end of free agent center Dan Koppen’s tenure in Foxboro.

Connolly can play both guard and center. He was New England’s starting center in 14 games last season, including the playoffs. The 29-year-old is a former undrafted free agent out of Southeast Missouri State.

Connolly is perhaps best known to casual NFL observers for his 71-yard kickoff return in December of 2010. The return earned Connolly AFC special teams player of the week honors.