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Colts pick up 2015 option on Anthony Castonzo’s contract


When the Rams exercised the fifth-year option on defensive end Robert Quinn’s contract on Monday, it made a dozen first rounders whose teams had moved to tie them up through 2015.

That number has already gone up. Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star reports that the Colts have also jumped the May 3 deadline and exercised their option on left tackle Anthony Castonzo’s contract.

As in most of these cases, it was an easy call for Indy. Castonzo has started every one of the 44 games he’s played for the team since they selected him with the 22nd pick of the 2011 draft and exercising his option gives the team his rights for $8.9 million over the next two seasons, which buys them plenty of time to decide on an extension or another direction to go at a key spot on the offensive line.

It is the first group of draft picks with the fifth-year options available under the CBA and, when all is said and done, it looks like more than half the first-round picks from 2011 will wind up getting them exercised.

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10 Responses to “Colts pick up 2015 option on Anthony Castonzo’s contract”
  1. dexterismyhero says: Apr 28, 2014 3:19 PM


  2. keepongronking says: Apr 28, 2014 3:29 PM

    The 2011 draft was the best draft in the last 10 years

  3. winstonjed44 says: Apr 28, 2014 3:31 PM

    Good move. Castonzo struggled early but he has been a pretty steady force on what has been an atrocious line the last few seasons. If you had replaced the interior players with traffic cones, it might have given Luck time in most cases. Luckily Thomas should be healthy and Thorton is still young and should improve. Draft a center or a guard who is versatile and they should be much improved.

  4. andrewluck12 says: Apr 28, 2014 3:38 PM

    I think we’ve got two of the best tackles in castonzo and cherilus.

  5. 12444uggg says: Apr 28, 2014 3:50 PM

    In a rare instance in the NFL a guy is getting paid about right, based on performance. Good player.

  6. craniator says: Apr 28, 2014 3:53 PM

    The Colts blew it when they drafted Castonzo out of Boston College over Colorado’s Nate Solder , who went to New England a few spots later. Just my opinion , and I do realize that Castonzo was the higher rated of the two tackles at that time.

  7. cornerstone226 says: Apr 28, 2014 4:50 PM

    I don’t see how the Colts blew this since Nate Solder was picked by New England with the 17th pick and Castonzo went to Indianapolis with the 22nd pick.

  8. ubepunkedagain says: Apr 28, 2014 5:13 PM

    Colts should trade their 2015 1st for some other teams scraps again. That was awesome!

  9. boobsmcgoo says: Apr 28, 2014 5:17 PM

    Can’t stand ya!

  10. thegronk87 says: Apr 28, 2014 6:19 PM

    I thought George Costanza worked for the yankees…

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