Reports have floated around that the Colts are taking a close look at free agent backup center and former Dallas Cowboy Phil Costa today.
Source: Phil Costa visiting Colts today, Bengals on Friday http://t.co/VNAfsH7RD6
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Costa was a starter in 2011 and allowed 3 sacks, 3 QB hits, and 15 hurries in 1,024 snaps, earning him a -9.3 overall grade from Pro Football Focus (pass block: -5.8, screen block: -2.0, run block: -2.6). For comparison, Samson Satele last year gave up 1 sack, 8 hits, and 8 hurries (Overall PFF grade including playoffs: -10.4, pass block: 0.8, screen: -1.0, run block: -12.1).
The Cowboys apparently weren’t impressed either and chose to bench Costa. The four-year veteran did have one very good game in place of an injured starter in 2012 against the Ravens, but barely saw the field – at least not enough to earn a PFF grade – last season.
If Costa is coming to the Colts, he’s likely coming as a depth guy, special teamer, or a training camp competitor. Should the Colts somehow go into the season with Khaled Holmes as their top center (and remember the Browns can match any offer for Alex Mack, so that’s very possible), Costa, if signed, could find himself competing with Thomas Austin for the backup spot. Meanwhile, Colts fans will continue dreaming of Alex Mack.
Kavell Conner Joins Donald Brown in San Diego
ESPN reports that the Colts’ former starting linebacker has signed a 3-year deal with the Chargers.
After starting in 2011 and racking up 104 tackles, Conner’s production dropped off under the new coaching staff, as he struggled to crack the rotation at times, gradually falling completely out of favor.
San Diego GM Tom Telesco, a former Colts front office mainstay, has signed Dwight Freeney, Donald Brown, Lawrence Guy, and now Conner since joining the Chargers.