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Lions to host Phil Costa for visit

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The Detroit Lions are reportedly bringing in center Phil Costa for a visit.

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The Detroit Lions have either already hosted or are planning to host free-agent center Phil Costa for a visit. Costa reportedly visited the New England Patriots on Monday, and now he's set to meet with the Lions.

Costa didn't just become a free agent on Tuesday. He's actually been a free agent since the Dallas Cowboys released him last week. He was let go after declining to take a pay cut, and now he's trying to find a new team.

Costa had been with the Cowboys since 2010. He's only 26, and he started all 16 games for the Cowboys in 2011. Last season, he was active for only three games and didn't make a single start.

It appears that the Lions are looking at Costa as a potential backup to Dominic Raiola. After releasing Leroy Harris, there's a hole to fill on the depth chart behind Raiola, and it's possible that the Lions could sign Costa to address that need. This would give the Lions someone with experience behind Raiola, and it'd give them a season to get a look at Costa as a potential starter for down the road as well.