Broncos agree with center Dan Koppen

Five and a half months after getting outbid for the services of center Jeff Saturday, the Broncos have agreed to terms with former longtime Patriots center Dan Koppen.

Like legendary Denver center Tom Nalen, Koppen was drafted out of Boston College, and he started 120 of the 121 games he played for New England from 2003 to 2011.

The soon-to-be 33-year-old fractured his left ankle during the Pats' 2011 opener and missed the rest of the season; he was among several notable veterans cut by the team two weeks ago.

Our guess is Koppen was signed to the $825K veteran minimum for a player of his experience; his prior deal with New England was reported as a $6M, two-year deal, but in reality, it was worth just $3.05M over two seasons, with the ability to reach the higher figure via playing time incentives.

During the 2010 season, Koppen graded out at +7.0 in 1,104 snaps according to PFF (-1.7 pass block, +1.5 screen block, +6.8 run block, +0.4 penalty).

The addition of Koppen, who played exclusively at center, can clearly be interpreted as another indictment of the play of third-year center J.D. Walton. To wit, if this transaction were about adding line depth, then a player with experience at multiple positions would seem more likely.


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