âIâm extremely happy it worked out,â Koppen, 32, told the newspaper. âI want to finish my career here. Iâm not saying itâs two years and Iâm done, but if in two more years, Iâm good enough in the end, maybe we can add on. Weâll see. But itâs what I wanted.â
Koppen's deal is worth close to $6 million, a league source told NFL Network's Albert Breer.
The nine-year veteran out of Boston College has played his entire career with the Patriots, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Prior to re-signing, Koppen visited the Tennessee Titans.
With Dan Connolly signing a three-year deal worth starterâs money -- $9.7 million -- earlier in free agency, it appeared Koppen might not have a spot with the Pats. Connolly took over for Koppen, who injured his left leg in the opener last year and was lost for the season.
Koppen, who has started 120 of his 121 games, said if he has to compete to win back his starting job, so be it.
âThatâs how Iâve looked at it the first nine years of my career,â Koppen said. âIâm happy to go out and make the team. However the lineups are, Iâm on board. I just want to go out and play football.â