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Patriots reward center Koppen with five-year extension

Updated: October 12, 2006, 5:03 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The New England Patriots on Thursday afternoon used some of their salary cap surplus for this season to secure a key offensive player for the long term, reaching agreement with starting center Dan Koppen on a five-year contract extension.

Koppen

The extension is worth between $19 million and $20 million and includes about $7.5 million in bonuses.

Koppen, 27, was in the final season of the original four-year contract he signed as a rookie in 2003, and scheduled to earn a 2006 base ...

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