Veteran center Dan Koppen, who became a free agent for the first time in his career this year, will return to the only NFL team he’s known, according to reports.
NFL Network’s Albert Breer is reporting that Koppen and the Patriots have agree to a two-year deal worth about $6 million; ESPN.com is also reporting that Koppen and the Pats have come to an agreement.
A fourth-round draft pick out of Boston College in 2003, Koppen missed nearly all of last season when he suffered a broken ankle in the opener against Miami. There were rumblings that perhaps he could have returned later in the season, but he was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
The league is looking into allowing teams to remove one player from IR; the proposal was tabled at last month’s NFL meetings, and will likely be discussed again in May.
Koppen didn’t appear to garner a lot of interest on the open market, likely in part because he is coming off the injury. He did visit with the Titans last week, but the longer he went unsigned, the easier it was to think that he would be back in New England.
With Koppen now locked up, it will be interesting to see what happens with him and Dan Connolly; the Patriots have also re-signed the versatile interior lineman, who started in Koppen’s place in 2011.