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Titans search for center continues with Dan Koppen

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The Titans have struck out with three free agent centers already this offseason, but they are headed back to the plate one more time.

Dan Koppen will visit with the team this week, according to a report from Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. The Titans have already spent time with Scott Wells, Chris Myers and Jeff Saturday, but all three men wound up signing with other teams. That’s left the Titans with Eugene Amano and they’re clearly not happy with the possibility of heading into next season with Amano as their only choice at the position.

Koppen became a starter in New England in the second game of his rookie season and went on to start 120 times for the Patriots before breaking his ankle in Week One of the 2011 season. He played at a high level in 2010, although being 33 and coming off of a serious injury do create some doubts about Koppen’s ability to remain at that level.

Dan Connolly replaced him and got a new contract this offseason, likely paving Koppen’s way out of New England. Mike Reiss of reports that the Pats offered Koppen a contract before free agency started, but it’s hard to see how he’d fit with Connolly back and Robert Gallery in the fold.

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8 Responses to “Titans search for center continues with Dan Koppen”
  1. Nikhil Balakumar says: Apr 3, 2012 9:45 AM

    wells or myers was a must, manning was a huge distraction. hopefully we get asante though

  2. tennesseeoilers says: Apr 3, 2012 9:59 AM

    I’d love it if reserve center Kevin Matthews (son of the legendary Bruce Matthews) came on strong in training camp and took the job from Amano. The second year center has shown some early promise.

  3. homelanddefense says: Apr 3, 2012 11:28 AM

    Koppen is too long in the tooth for more than a 1-2 year deal. He is already undersized, and more of a pass blocker than a run blocker.

  4. oilers2titans says: Apr 3, 2012 11:40 AM

    Although just about anyone will be an upgrade to Amano, I think the Titans should go OL either in the 1st (DeCastro) or 2nd (Konz) round and rebuild the O-line via the draft instead of plugging high priced FA (Hutch) or other teams leftovers (Koppen)

  5. blacknole08 says: Apr 3, 2012 12:21 PM

    Koppen would be a good addition for Locker, who should be the starter by the end of the year.

  6. patsfiend says: Apr 3, 2012 1:21 PM

    Koppen is solid. Draft a rookie and have Dan hold down the fort for a year or two.

  7. bozosforall says: Apr 3, 2012 7:41 PM

    Maybe the Titans can hire a video guy to make Koppen feel at home in Tennessee.

  8. patsfiend says: Apr 3, 2012 9:24 PM

    bozosforall says:
    Apr 3, 2012 7:41 PM
    Maybe the Titans can hire a video guy to make Koppen feel at home in Tennessee
    Maybe the Lakers can hire a babysitter and a full time hotel room attendant to make Bynum and Kobe feel at home in Los Angeles.

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