Originally posted on Sox and Dawgs  |  Last updated 4/19/12

The New England Patriots signed free agent place kicker Chris Koepplin.  Koepplin, a UMass product, was with the Patriots in training camp in 2011 and was among the final cuts.  He handled a bulk of the kick off duties in preseason games as Stephen Gostkowski worked his way back from a quad injury.

He did not play in the NFL in 2011.

The team also will be bringing back long time center Dan Koppen who missed most of 2011 with a season ending ankle injury suffered in Week 1 against Miami.  The Boston College product was the Patriots 5th round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.  He is a former All-Pro, Pro Bowl selection and has played on two Super Bowl championship teams.

Defensive Kyle Love, an exclusive rights free agent, has reportedly signed his tender with the team.  Love was a second year free agent and as an ERFA he had to take the Patriots offer at the 3-year veteran minimum salary of $540,000 or leave the NFL.

Last season Love had 33 tackles and 3 sacks and played in more than 50% of the teams defensive snaps.

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