The Indy Star is reporting that offensive tackle Tarik Glenn will be leaving the team before the start of the season, announcing his retirement. Glenn has told several people that he is going to walk away before the start of the season. Glenn’s agent, Ralph Cindrich, told the paper that any comment would have to come from Glenn. That type of response from an agent seems to lead me to believe that Glenn is actually going to walk away. The 10-year vet is a solid piece on the O-line, and him leaving is going to hurt the team as camp starts very soon, on July 29th. Coach Tony Dungy also has spoken to Glenn, saying that “probably the best person to speak to on that his him”
The Colts picked Glenn with their first pick of the 1997 draft. Only wide out Marvin Harrison, who came to the team with their first pick of the 1996 draft, has been with the Colts longer than Glenn. Glenn has started 154 regular-season games during his career. The last 138 of those games have come at left tackle. With Glenn at left tackle, the Colts’ offensive line has been among the NFL’s best at not allowing Peyton Maning to get sacked. Charlie Johnson, a sixth-round pick in 2006 could be the answer for Indy at the position that Glenn leaves behind. Another answer could be Tony Ugoh, their second-round pick in the April draft.