Indianapolis Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo

Left tackle Anthony Castonzo is a short term solution for Indianapolis Colts

  • Anthony Castonzo
  • Chris Ballard
  • Indianapolis Colts
By MikeTerrazas March 3, 2020 0 Comment
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Left tackle Anthony Castonzo spent the last couple of months contemplating retirement but decided to return for another season with the Indianapolis Colts.

The Indianapolis Colts began the offseason with a question mark regarding their left tackle position. Anthony Castonzo hinted at the possibility of retirement following the 2019 season, which would have left a significant hole in the offensive line. The nine-year veteran decided he wanted to continue playing football in 2020. General manager Chris Ballard and Castonzo are working on a new contract before the start of free agency.

Regardless of how many years he resigns for, the veteran tackle is a vital piece for the Colts. He brings veteran leadership along with his excellent production. Anthony is coming off his best season in his nine-year career at the age of 31. That is a result of the endless hard work Castonzo has put in over the years.

Castonzo is also proven to be very durable. In nine seasons, Castonzo has been available for all 16 games six of those seasons. The Colts starting offensive line started every game together while missing minimal snaps in 2019. One of the best offensive lines in football will remain intact for at least one more season. Anthony Castonzo and 2-time 1st team All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson will continue to hold down the left side. Pro Bowl center Ryan Kelly, right guard Mark Glowinski, and second-year right tackle Braden Smith on the right.

With the left tackle position locked up for 2020, the Colts should start looking for someone to develop. The best way to do that is to look at prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. With nine draft picks, four in the top 75, Chris Ballard and his staff should address that area with one of those picks. Some names that could be available in that range include  Josh Jones, Ezra Cleveland, Trey Adams, or possibly Terence Steele in the 4th round. Indianapolis could go left tackle with the No.13 overall pick and choose Andrew Thomas out of Georgia. Whether or not Thomas will be there when the Colts make their first selection is another story.

It’s hard to imagine the Colts longtime left tackle playing elsewhere. Castonzo is loved in Colts nation and it warms our hearts to know he will still be wearing the horseshoe. As for finding a potential successor, Chris Ballard has many options and resources to find one.

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