Indianapolis Colts: What Signing of Phil Costa Means

By Eric Smith
Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts made another move on Thursday afternoon as they have came to an agreement with guard-center Phil Costa. He becomes the third player the Colts have brought in during free agency going along with numerous players they chose to re-sign from last year’s team.

Most probably don’t know much about Costa. But, this move is a good one in bringing more strength to the offensive line.

Costa, is a 6-foot-3, 316-pound lineman. He can play both guard and center, so he’s a better version of current player Mike McGlynn. The 26-year-old was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 2010. He was a backup in his rookie season and became a starter in 2011. He isn’t the best against strong defensive fronts, so he became a backup in the past season and wasn’t retained by Dallas.

Indianapolis swooped in and picked him up as an insurance factor if they can’t sign Alex Mack. If that’s the case, then Costa will likely be the starting center for the Colts in 2014 replacing Samson Satele.

If the Colts can sign Mack, then they have some very good depth at the o-line. Anthony Castonzo will be the starting left tackle while Donald Thomas joins him on that side of the line at left guard. Right tackle will be Gosder Cherilus so either McGlynn or Costa will start at right guard depending on the signing of Mack.

Overall, this is a solid move by Indianapolis as they’re desperately trying to beef up the line to help in run packages and do a better job of protecting Andrew Luck is passing situations.

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