Colts center Phil Costa to retire, placed on reserve/retired list

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Grigson makes a very sad face.

In a rather shocking move, newly acquired Colts center Phil Costa has opted to retire. The team has placed him on the reserve/retired list. A quote from team general manager Ryan Grigson was posted on the team's website:

"Phil feels it’s in his best interest to retire from the game. We certainly understand and wish him nothing but the best."

Costa signed a two-year, $2.75 million contract with the Colts on March 13th. He was the only free agent player signed by Ryan Grigson this offseason to address the offensive line. This after Grigson released two-year starter Samson Satele and opted not to re-sign Mike McGlynn, who started several games the last two seasons at center when Satele was hurt.

At present, second-year player Khaled Holmes from USC is the only noteworthy center on the roster. He's never started a game. Last year, when the Colts offensive line was ravaged with injuries and ineffective play, Holmes still didn't see meaningful playing time.

At the March owners meeting, Grigson told the media that:

The interior [of the offensive line], we looked at every center [in free agency]. We looked all the guards. We didn't like anybody. Costa was the guy we liked.

I'm going to go out on a limb and saying that Grigson's strategy at the center position this offseason has been less than effective.

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