Monday, April 21, 2014
Costa's retirement puts Colts in tough spot
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS -- Center Phil Costa wasn't even around long enough to be asked about dating Hulk Hogan's daughter let alone possibly hike the ball to quarterback Andrew Luck with the Indianapolis Colts.
Costa, in a surprising announcement, has decided to retire.
"Phil feels it's in his best interest to retire from the game," Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement released by the team. "We certainly understand and wish him nothing but the best."
The Colts signed Costa to a two-year, $2.7 million contract that included $450,000 guaranteed last month.
UPDATE: The Colts do not have to pay Costa any of the guaranteed money he was scheduled to make since he decided to retire.
The idea was for Costa to compete with Khaled Holmes for the starting center position, but I got the sense that the Colts were hoping Holmes would win the job. Costa, who started with the Dallas Cowboys in 2011, was beat out by rookie Travis Frederick last season.
Holmes only played 12 snaps and was a healthy inactive 11 times last season as a rookie.
Now the Colts are in serious of need of adding another center to the roster. This isn't a position they should be in with their franchise player Luck. The little bit of good news out of Costa telling the Colts he was retiring is that he did it now and not after training camp had already started. It gives Grigson some time to try to find another center to add to the roster.