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Colts owner Jim Irsay addresses Castonzo, Mack, Vinatieri and future of NFL Combine

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Given smoke gathering about what direction the Colts might take at quarterback, Anthony Castonzo pondering retirement, and other contract extension rumors that have started to get traction on social media, one could be excused for having a rather active imagination about what Irsay could have to share with the media just days before the NFL Combine.

Here are the key topics Irsay had to discuss and nuggets on numerous rumors.


Outside of the Colts’ future at the quarterback position, Anthony Castonzo’s decision to return to the game could be the most important. It has taken Indianapolis far too long to put together a solid offensive line and Castonzo is an important piece. Losing him would create a massive need for a units whose primary tackle depth is already set to hit free agency.

One could speculate that Irsay’s statements tend to indicate that Castonzo has at least suggested that he is seriously open to the idea of returning to football. Irsay could have indicated that they simply don’t have anything new to report. Stating that he thinks and hopes something will get done and that Chris Ballard will have more on that could be a positive sign.

If it is, it would be a huge sigh of relief for the Colts fan community.


A rumor that was gaining a lot of traction over the last few weeks is that the Colts were actively working with Marlon Mack and his agent to sign an extension. Irsay flatly denied that there was any truth to those rumors.

Mack is entering the final season of his rookie deal and just had the best season of his career. He fits in line with the type of player Chris Ballard likes to reward for positive play and production — similar to Kenny Moore. With that said, running back has become something of a commoditized position. It could make contract negotiations on an extension more complicated.


A topic that has started to generate more discussion recently is whether Indianapolis will remain the host for the NFL Combine. The league has made proactive attempts to move events around the country to give more fans a chance to be close to the action. The NFL Draft is making rounds to different areas of the country and new stadiums are getting built at reasonably short intervals.

Despite rumors that the Combine could be next on the list of events that will move to a new location, Irsay expressed some confidence and addressed some of the rumors.

Only time will tell on this but it is an event Indianapolis values. It bring in quite a bit of traffic to downtown restaurants and hotels and is growing in popularity as a prime time television attraction.


At the end of the press conference, Irsay entertained questions about where the franchise stands with Adam Vinatieri.

This is going to be another wait-and-see issue for the Colts to address this offseason. Few players have produced at Vinatieri’s level and even fewer for anywhere near how long as he has been one of the best in the game. He’s the team’s longest tenured players by a long shot and may have a longer leash than anyone else on the team.

One thing is certain, the Colts cannot afford to give away winnable games due to issues kicking routine field goals or extra point tries. The team will likely give him the time he needs to recover but has a limited time-frame to offer some kind of contract as he is currently slated to his free agency.