FOXBOROUGH, MA - JULY 29: Dan Koppen #67 of the New England Patriots wears a laundry cap as he participates in training camp at Gillette Stadium on July 29, 2011 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

NFL Free Agency 2012: Patriots Continue To Tinker With Roster

The New England Patriots are still making moves in free agency with the draft just a few weeks away.

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Patriots Free Agency 2012: Pats Re-Sign Dan Koppen

According to Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots have re-signed center, Dan Koppen.

Albert Breer of NFL Network tweeted shortly after, that Koppen's deal is two years, worth $6 million.

The 33 year old veteran appeared in only one game for the Patriots last season, after suffering a broken ankle in Week 1. The year before, he played a total of 1,104 offensive snaps for the Pats, only allowed three total sacks and two quarterback hits.

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NFL Free Agency 2012: Patriots Backup Quarterback, Brian Hoyer, Gets 2nd-Round Restricted Free Agent Tender

The New England Patriots have made their first move of the 2012 NFL Free Agent period Tuesday, and it was a minor one as they placed a second-round restricted-free-agent tender on backup quarterback Brian Hoyer. The tender makes Hoyer available to any team that would like to pay him $1.92 million and give the Patriots a second-round pick if they elect to not match the offer.

This is unlikely to happen, but if it does, the Patriots would likely be pleased to receive such compensation for a player who figures to sign elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent next year to pursue a starting role (in which the Patriots could only receive as high as a third-round compensatory pick for losing him).

Hoyer has been the backup for starting quarterback Tom Brady since entering the league as a rookie in 2009. Hoyer has played in just 13 games and it seems the Patriots a setting things up so that second-year quarterback Ryan Mallett can step-in to be Brady's backup for the 2012-13 season.

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