Larsen first Patriots draftee to sign

The Patriots announced the signing of sixth-round draft choice Ted Larsen today. Larsen inked a four-year contract worth $1.87 million.

Larsen is the first of the team's 12 draft choices to sign a contract. He is only the fifth draft pick across the NFL to sign a contract.

“Both sides were real like-minded, looking for something fair that made sense for everybody,” said agent Noel LaMontagne of Eastern Athletic Services, which also represents Patriots center Dan Koppen. “It took about two weeks, if that.”

The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Larsen began his college career as a defensive lineman before making the move to center as a junior in 2008. He started 23 games at center for N.C. State, where he was coached by former Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien.

Larsen joins Rich Ohrnberger, Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell as center/guards on the roster behind starters Dan Koppen (center), Logan Mankins (left guard) and Stephen Neal (right guard). George Bussey, a 2009 fifth-round draft choice who missed last season, is also in the mix at guard.