Phil Costa ready for competition

May, 16, 2013
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IRVING, Texas – After the Cowboys drafted center Travis Frederick in the first round, owner and general manager Jerry Jones all but said the rookie will be a starter in 2013.

What did the Cowboys’ starting center of the last two years think about the team’s move?

“I look at it that it’s the NFL and every year there’s going to be competition, and competition brings out the best in anyone,” Phil Costa said. “I met Travis and he seems like a great guy who’s a good player and can help our team, help our offense get better. So I’m looking forward to it.”

Costa played in only parts of three games last year because of back and ankle injuries. The Cowboys relied on Ryan Cook and Mackenzy Bernadeau to fill in for Costa. The offense’s best rushing game of the season was the only game Costa played from beginning to end when they ran for 227 yards on 42 carries against Baltimore.

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Costa said he is 100 percent after undergoing late-season ankle surgery and will be able to take part in all of the on-field workouts leading up to training camp.

The Cowboys signed Costa to a two-year, $2.7 million extension in March that included a $450,000 signing bonus.

“I wanted to stay with Dallas,” Costa said. “Everything they do is a first-class organization. Being with Bill Callahan as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach is huge because I think he’s one of the best in the league and I feel like I can get that much better being with him. We have a great group of guys in Dallas, a lot of selfless guys and I feel like we have a great chance to win here, as well.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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