ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Thursday agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent center Dan Koppen, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway announced.
Koppen (6-2, 300 pounds) is an 11th-year player and two-time Super Bowl winner who started 132-of-136 career regular-season games and all 15 postseason contests during his first 10 seasons with New England (2003-11) and Denver (2012).
He opened 12-of-15 regular-season games for Denver last year as well as its playoff against the Baltimore Ravens after taking over for injured starting center J.D. Walton in Week 5.
Drafted by the Patriots in the fifth round (164th overall) of the 2003 NDL Draft, Koppen became the club’s regular center for eight seasons before an injury limited him to one start in his final year with the team in 2011. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007 as New England finished with a perfect 16-0 record during the regular season and set the NFL record for points scored (589).
Koppen ranks first among offensive linemen in NFL history with a .794 career regular-season winning percentage (108-28) among those who played at least 100 games.
A three-year starter for Boston College, where he was tutored by Broncos Offensive Line Coach Dave Magazu, Koppen finished as a finalist for the Rimington Trophy (nation’s best center) as a senior in 2002.
Koppen attended Whitehall (Pa.) High School and was born on Sept. 12, 1979, in Dubuque, Iowa.