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Chargers release injury-plagued defensive end Luis Castillo

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The Chargers announced Monday that they have released longtime defensive end Luis Castillo.

The former 28th overall pick in the draft, Castillo has spent all seven of his NFL seasons with San Diego. He was scheduled for a $3.9 million base salary and $1 million roster bonus, the latter of which was due right around the start of the free agency period.

Castillo suffered a broken left tibia in Week One of last season and missed the rest of the year. It’s possible the Chargers will look into re-signing Castillo at a lower rate later on.

A rookie in 2005, Castillo has played a full 16-game season just twice in his career. He’ll need to show he can pass teams’ medical exams in order to land another NFL contract.


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11 Responses to “Chargers release injury-plagued defensive end Luis Castillo”
  1. spytdi says: Mar 5, 2012 4:56 PM

    Conditional contract with Cowboys

  2. cambodianbreastmilk says: Mar 5, 2012 5:09 PM

    Peace out.

  3. bebopa says: Mar 5, 2012 5:25 PM

    at the right price, how about Bmore Ravens?!

  4. hawkforlife says: Mar 5, 2012 5:59 PM

    A rookie in 2005, Castillo has played a full 16-game season just twice in his career.

    How many players at that position have played a full 16 game season each year and how many did he miss during those seasons. Some facts might help here.

  5. hottubtodd says: Mar 5, 2012 6:22 PM

    Buffalo could use another often injured Chargers lineman. I am sure Buddy and Shawn will be on the phone with their old teammate.

  6. bigcarguy1 says: Mar 5, 2012 6:36 PM

    he will be in Carolina next week with the rest of the San Deigo left overs!!!

  7. thraiderskin says: Mar 5, 2012 6:47 PM

    not that this matters to why he was cut, but he was also nailed for PEDs (I believe steroids)coming out of the combine. Just thought I’d bring it up, nothing against the guy.

  8. polo550 says: Mar 5, 2012 6:52 PM

    bebopa says:

    at the right price, how about Bmore Ravens?!

    Pass bro. Would rather keep Redding. Castillo is hurt to much and to me it’s not an upgrade. Redding is solid and he’s been somewhat durable since he’s been with the Ravens.

  9. arbiterflick says: Mar 5, 2012 6:54 PM

    A good player, and a great guy to have on your team – he just never earned the contract he was given.

    Best of luck with your new team Luis.

  10. canjura says: Mar 5, 2012 7:07 PM

    if he passes the physical, I’d like to see what he can do in a 4-3 DT position somewhere.

  11. catquick says: Mar 6, 2012 12:03 AM

    Buddy Nix will be calling. Welcome to the Buff Lou.

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