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Phil Costa | Center

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/11/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 302
College: Maryland
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Ex-Colts and Cowboys C Phil Costa said physical concerns are the reason he decided to retire at age 26.
Costa signed a two-year, $2.7 million contract with the Colts in March. He abruptly and surprisingly left that on the table by retiring Monday. "Unfortunately, the day-to-day physical rigor of the NFL season has taken a toll on my body and has been a driving force behind my decision," Costa said in a statement. He lasted only three games in each of the last two seasons, battling ankle woes. Apr 23 - 8:14 AM

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Colts placed C/G Phil Costa on the reserve/retired list.

The Colts signed Costa to a two-year, $2.7 million contract in March, hoping that he would push Khaled Holmes to replace Samson Satele as Andrew Luck's starting center. Instead, Costa has opted to hang up the cleats for undisclosed reasons. Said GM Ryan Grigson in a statement, "Phil feels it’s in his best interest to retire from the game." The Colts are again very needy at center.
Apr 21 - 4:31 PM

Colts signed C/G Phil Costa, formerly of the Cowboys.

Costa, 27 in July, appeared to be an ascending player in Dallas before falling out of the coaching staff's favor in 2013 as the Cowboys used a first-round pick on Travis Frederick. We wouldn't rule out Costa starting at center for the Colts, or at least giving Khaled Holmes a serious run for his money.
Mar 13 - 5:23 PM

Free agent G/C Phil Costa is visiting the Colts on Thursday, and is scheduled to meet the Bengals on Friday.

Costa would be a rare value pickup for high-paying Indy, and could be their Week 1 starting center, upgrading on outgoing Samson Satele. He turns 27 before the season and has been effective more often than not when he's played.
Mar 13 - 11:23 AM

Free agent C/G Phil Costa visited both the Lions and Patriots on Tuesday.

Costa, 26, was an effective blocker more often than not when called on in Dallas. He would be a strong signing for depth in either of these locations, and could replace free agent Ryan Wendell as the starting center in Foxboro.
Mar 11 - 9:57 PM

Cowboys released G/C Phil Costa.

The move is a bit surprising because Costa is a valuable interior reserve, and the Cowboys signed him to a two-year, $2.7 million, cost-effective deal last spring. Dallas is in dire salary cap straits, however, so no cap casualties are truly shocking. Costa should draw interest on the open market as a backup or training camp contender. He's only 26 and has made 20 career starts.
Feb 28 - 5:14 PM

Cowboys G/C Phil Costa is fully medically cleared after late-season ankle surgery.

Although Costa made just three 2012 starts, Dallas' run blocking was noticeably better with him in the lineup. First-round stretch Travis Frederick will be the Cowboys' starting center, leaving Costa to compete for the right guard position with Mackenzy Bernadeau, or be the top interior reserve off the bench.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Fri, May 17, 2013 02:14:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Cowboys C Phil Costa's new two-year contract is worth $2.7 million.

The deal included a $450,000 signing bonus, and Costa will count $975,000 against the 2013 salary cap. The new deal saves the Cowboys roughly $350,000 against the cap, as he would have been tendered at the $1.323 million level.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 03:13:00 PM

Cowboys re-signed C Phil Costa to a two-year contract.

He was previously slated for restricted free agency. Although Costa struggled with bad snaps in 2011, he's flashed difference-making run-blocking ability when healthy. Unfortunately, Costa missed 13 games in 2012 and had surgery to repair ligament damage in his right foot in late December. The Cowboys do anticipate he'll be ready for OTAs and project Costa as a long-term answer at center.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sat, Mar 2, 2013 01:54:00 PM

Owner Jerry Jones says he could see restricted C Phil Costa as the Cowboys' starter for "several years."

Costa started just three games in 2012 due to back and ankle injuries, but the Cowboys are high on him enough to give Costa at least a second-round restricted tender. He also has the ability to play guard. Dallas only has one locked-in starter on the offensive line -- left tackle Tyron Smith.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 01:40:00 PM

ESPN Dallas expects the Cowboys to re-sign restricted free agent C Phil Costa, and let him "battle it out" for a starting job in camp.

A balky back and dislocated ankle limited Costa to three appearances in 2012, but he's still only 25, and would cost a maximum of $1.323 million to re-sign. He's also capable of playing guard. Beat writer Todd Archer expects Costa to compete with Ryan Cook, Mackenzy Bernadeau and perhaps a "high" draft pick.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 03:41:00 PM

Cowboys C Phil Costa underwent surgery to repair ligament damage in his right foot last week, and "hopes" to be ready for spring workouts.

It's unwelcome news for a player who ended the season on injured reserve with a dislocated ankle. A 16-game starter in 2011, Costa was limited to just three games in 2012. Upgrading their interior line will be a must for the Cowboys this offseason. Costa is a restricted free agent.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 05:27:00 PM

Cowboys placed C Phil Costa on injured reserve with a dislocated ankle, ending his season.

OT Darrion Weems has been signed off the Broncos' practice squad in a corresponding roster move. Costa last played in Week 7, and will finish 2012 with only three appearances. Big D will roll with Ryan Cook the rest of the way, who hasn't been a significant downgrade. Costa could get the chance to return as a starter in 2013, but upgrading their interior line figures to be an offseason priority for the Cowboys. Still only 25, Costa will be a restricted free agent.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 01:34:00 PM

Cowboys C Phil Costa has been diagnosed with a subluxed right ankle.

He'll have an MRI Monday morning. A subluxation is a dislocation that pops back in. The Cowboys should have more info on the injury by Monday afternoon.
Sun, Oct 21, 2012 05:33:00 PM

Cowboys C Phil Costa was carted off with a right ankle injury in the second quarter of Sunday's game at Carolina.

It looked like a break. It's bad timing for Costa, who keyed the Cowboys success on the ground in his return to the lineup at Baltimore last week. Ryan Cook will take over as the center, as Costa has been ruled out for the game.
Sun, Oct 21, 2012 02:02:00 PM

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