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Monday, April 7, 2014
Time to leave the Alex Mack talk behind

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- The hope and fascination with center Alex Mack lingers even after Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano both talked about Phil Costa and Khaled Holmes as the two players they plan to go with at center.

Perhaps a string of reported events late last week and over the weekend may put an end to any thoughts of Mack hiking the ball to Colts quarterback Andrew Luck next season.

Mack, who the Cleveland Browns used their transition tag on, met with AFC South foe Jacksonville last week. The Florida Times-Union reported that a contract that includes $22 million during the first three seasons could get Mack to Jacksonville.

There was another report that said the Browns would match the $22 million over three seasons.

It's understandable why some Colts fans want Mack as the team's starting center. He would immediately improve the interior part of the Colts offensive line, the weak link last season, but the front office didn't want to go that route because of the financial commitment it would take to get Mack since the Browns can match any offer made to him.

Brian de la Puente is no longer an option, either.

De la Puente signed with the Chicago Bears on Sunday to back up Roberto Garza.

I know some don't want to believe it, but Holmes or Costa will likely be the Colts starting center next season. Based off conversations I've had, it seems like Holmes, who only played 12 snaps as a rookie, has the inside track to be the starter over Costa, who lost his starting job with the Dallas Cowboys last season.