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Patriots sign Dan Koppen to two-year, $6 million deal

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After spending the last month testing the waters in free agency, center Dan Koppen is staying in New England.

Koppen and the Patriots have agreed to a two-year deal worth about $6 million, NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports. The contract likely means Koppen can be penciled in as the starting center in New England in 2012, removing a need that some thought they’d address in the draft.

The Patriots took Koppen out of Boston College in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL draft, and he’s been a starter in New England since his rookie year. Last year, however, he suffered a serious ankle injury in Week One and was lost for the season, and there was talk that the Patriots had decided they were prepared to move on without him and keep Dan Connolly as the starting center.

In the end, however, the Patriots have kept both Dans, and they’ll have good depth in the interior of the offensive line.

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21 Responses to “Patriots sign Dan Koppen to two-year, $6 million deal”
  1. usmarine75 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:52 PM

    Championship.

  2. rexismybff says: Apr 13, 2012 12:54 PM

    Justin Tuck thinks that is a great move by Pats management, to not upgrade their O-line.

  3. soxnsaints says: Apr 13, 2012 1:01 PM

    Yup. Another AFC East Champonship. Big deal

  4. lamwmu says: Apr 13, 2012 1:03 PM

    Been following his career since middle school. Kid’s gonna be a star some day.

  5. blacknole08 says: Apr 13, 2012 1:03 PM

    Guess there wasn’t as big a market for Koppen. Patriots are loaded on offense with talent and depth. Now to fix that dreadful defense.

  6. lbpackfan says: Apr 13, 2012 1:10 PM

    Best kick returner in NFL history…

  7. zackattack006 says: Apr 13, 2012 1:16 PM

    Their O-line is not the reason the Patsies are competitive every year. It’s their QB. You eliminate their QB, and they will be a bunch of average O-line coached by an average, cheating head coach.

  8. homelanddefense says: Apr 13, 2012 1:20 PM

    I didnt think they were going to resign him, but for that money its not bad.

    As bunch of circumstances led to this though. Mankins having the ACL surgery, Light and Waters possibly retiring have a lot to do with it. If Koppen takes his spot back then Connolly can move to a guard spot. Cannon will most likely be the top backup and guard and tackle.

  9. descendency says: Apr 13, 2012 1:29 PM

    lbpackfan says:
    Apr 13, 2012 1:10 PM
    Best kick returner in NFL history…

    ————–

    That’s (Dan) Connolly, not (Dan) Koppen.

  10. grogantomorgan says: Apr 13, 2012 1:33 PM

    Wow the hate or should I say jealousy …

    Now that the Oline has depth, BB just needs to focus on Defense this upcoming draft.

    BTW, I’m sure Connelly was the kick returner in question.

  11. j0esixpack says: Apr 13, 2012 1:38 PM

    People shouldn’t under-estimate this re-sign in case any of the starters suffer an injury.

    Quality depth is what has helped Belichick get his team to the Super Bowl 5 out of 10 years.

    Zackattack might not watch much football – if he did he might notice ALL coordinators of ALL teams covering their mouths because they know that ALL teams have signal stealing cameras in the stands, as they’re allowed by NFL rules.

    But those over the age of 14 know how important the O Line is to a QB’s success.

  12. august1969 says: Apr 13, 2012 1:48 PM

    sweet. now light and waters, announce that you are not retiring, after quite possibly your best seasons yet

  13. nfl1818 says: Apr 13, 2012 1:51 PM

    BB has addressed nearly every hole except D – OL, TE, WR, FB, Spec Teams, also added some bodies on D.

    Clearly signals that top 4-5 picks are avail 100% for D.

    They need to move the D to the 8-12 ranking and probably 2 playmakers – in conjunction w/ the FA signings at DL and S, should do it, assuming young guys on D continue to progress.

  14. grogantomorgan says: Apr 13, 2012 1:55 PM

    zackattack006 says:

    You eliminate their QB, and they will be a bunch of average O-line coached by an average, cheating head coach.

    ———————————————-

    Sounds a lot like eliminate the head and the body dies … sure you’re not a Williams disciple ?

  15. bcgreg says: Apr 13, 2012 2:25 PM

    @zackattack006

    You’re a moron. In 2008, with no Brady, Pats went 11-5 with Matt Cassel at QB. Get a clue.

  16. gisellichek says: Apr 13, 2012 3:02 PM

    I got 10 bucks that says Light and Waters stay on for one more run at it…

    Light (Solder)
    Mankins (Cannon)
    Koppen
    Waters (Connelly)
    Vollmer

    Not bad at all!!!

  17. unbreakable02215 says: Apr 13, 2012 3:04 PM

    They over-paid for him. He had next to no
    market. I think Connolly should be the starter.
    Koppen gets eaten up too much by big NTs and
    beat by speed guys lining up over him and
    blitzing.

    I wonder if they would move him to guard. He
    might be ok there.

  18. bozosforall says: Apr 13, 2012 3:46 PM

    bcgreg says:
    Apr 13, 2012 2:25 PM
    @zackattack006

    You’re a moron. In 2008, with no Brady, Pats went 11-5 with Matt Cassel at QB. Get a clue.

    __
    Playing in the weakest division in the NFL…and they still missed the playoffs.

    Even if they had made the playoffs, they would have been one-and-done. just like they were in 2009…and 2010.

    BC breeds morons, therefore you are merely one of them.

  19. tedmurph says: Apr 13, 2012 5:52 PM

    Nice, the ice cream truck broke down and clownboy’s back in business. Cool. 6ringsof steel woke out of hibernation and came out of his coffin. Rexbffboy is still tryin. All is right in the world….Yawn.

  20. tedmurph says: Apr 13, 2012 6:08 PM

    C’mon sj39, drop your pants for everyone too.

  21. TheWizard says: Apr 13, 2012 6:40 PM

    Playing in the weakest division in the NFL…and they still missed the playoffs.

    That’s kinda not the point.

    Reading comprehension.

    It’s big.

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