Denver Broncos re-sign center Dan Koppen to one year deal
The Denver Broncos have re-signed center Dan Koppen to address the injury to current starter J.D. Walton, who recently underwent ankle surgery.
According to NFL.com, Koppen met with Broncos officials on Thursday and the two reached an agreement on a one-year deal.
Koppen was the original Denver starter to begin the 2011 season. However, he was replaced by Walton in October 2012 after numerous injuries. Soon after the switch, Peyton Manning and the Broncos went on an 11-0 run and clinched the AFC first round bye, which ultimately meant the end for Koppen, who was later released.
The Denver Post reports that current starter Walton would have ankle surgery on June 19. That left many wondering who would take his place as the anchor of the offensive line until he can return. Head coach John Fox expects Walton to be ready for training camp however to add some depth the Broncos have gone to Koppen and hope the Pro Bowl center can step in if necessary.
It will be interesting to see how Walton’s injury and Koppen’s signing will affect an offense that ranked fourth in the NFL during the 2012 season heading into training camp.