Late last week, the New England Patriots agreed to terms with veteran center Dan Koppen on a two-year contract that had a reported value of $6 million. Koppen officially signed the contract on Monday and according to a league source, the base value of the contract is $3.05 million over two seasons, with $2.7 million in playing-time incentives increasing the contract's total maximum value.
In 2012, Koppen received a $350,000 signing bonus and has a non-guaranteed base salary of $850,000. Additionally, Koppen has a $150,000 workout bonus, can earn $200,000 in per game roster bonus ($12,500 per game active) and has $1.3 million in playing-time incentives.
Next season, Koppen is scheduled to receive a $1.1 million base salary, $200,000 workout bonus, can earn another $200,000 in per game roster bonuses ($12,500) and has up to $1.4 million in playing-time incentives.
A 2003 fifth round pick out of Boston College, Koppen has started 120 of his 121 games over the nine seasons, earning one trip to the Pro Bowl (2007). The 32-year-old Koppen missed all but one game in 2011 with a fractured ankle and will likely have to wrestle the starting job away from Dan Connolly, who was re-signed to a three-year, $9.75 million contract on March 20.