While Colts owner Jim Irsay hasn’t spoken with LT Anthony Castonzo, who has been weighing retirement and is a pending free agent this offseason as well, he said there’s a “strong likelihood” the veteran is back for the 2020 season.
“I think there’s a strong likelihood that he will come back,” Irsay said, per Stephen Holder.
Irsay added that he hasn’t spoken to Castonzo directly, the team and Castonzo have been in contact this offseason.
“Hoping to get something done with Anthony Castonzo, but there’s nothing to report on that right now. Chris Ballard will have more on that,” Irsay said, per Holder.
The Colts have made it clear that they want Castonzo to return, but he has yet to commit publicly to continuing his NFL career.
Castonzo, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Colts back in 2011. He played out the final year of his four-year rookie contract when the Colts signed him to a five-year, $49.438 million contract that included $18 million guaranteed back in 2015.
Castonzo is in line to be one of the best offensive tackles available in this year’s free agent market.
In 2019, Castonzo appeared in all 16 games, starting all of them at left tackle. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 7 offensive tackle out of 81 qualifying players.
We have him included in our Top 100 – 2020 Free Agents list.