The Colts’ starting center competition between Khaled Holmes and Phil Costa took a hit on Monday, when Costa unexpectedly announced his retirement from the game of football. Costa had originally signed a two year, $2.7M dollar contract with the team in March, and the team fully expected him to battle for the starting job. Colts’ GM Ryan Grigson issued a statement, “Phil feels it’s in his best interest to retire from the game.”
With Costa now seemingly out of the picture, it’s back to the drawing board for the Colts. The team would likely want a veteran center to push the inexperienced and youthful Khaled Holmes. However, the remaining free agent options are dwindling. The best remaining free agent center, according to most experts, is former 49ers’ starting center, Jonathan Goodwin, but it remains to be seen whether the Colts have legitimate interest.
It may very well increase the likelihood that the Colts bring in a rookie center in this May’s NFL Draft, but having two young, inexperienced centers may not be in the Colts, and specifically Andrew Luck’s, best interest going forward.