Signing Costa likely ends pursuit of Mack

March, 13, 2014
Mar 13
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts signed what possibly could be their starting center when the 2014 regular season opens in the fall.

The Colts signed former Dallas Cowboys center Phil Costa to a two-year contract reportedly worth $2.7 million.

Costa started 20 of 26 games he appeared in over the past four seasons with the Cowboys. His durability is a question, though. He has only started three games the past two seasons.

So I know you’re wondering: What does this mean in the Colts’ pursuit of Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack?

It’s not good.

The Colts, especially general manager Ryan Grigson, are always looking to improve the roster and their door is never completely shut, but signing Costa drastically reduces the odds of them pursuing Mack, according to an NFL source.

The Colts also have Khaled Holmes on the roster.

And while some would still like the Colts to make a run at Mack, you also have to remember that Indianapolis isn’t in control of that situation. The Browns placed the transition tag on Mack, meaning they can match an offer made to him.

Free agency is only in Day 3, there’s still a long way to go. The Colts can add another center to the roster at some point in the offseason, and I won't be surprised if they do.

It just likely won’t be Mack.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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