San Diego Chargers Re-Sign Luis Castillo

April 4, 2012

Peyton Manning's arrival in the AFC West apparently has put the Denver Broncos' rivals on notice, as the need to acquire quality defensive help is now at a premium. In line with that thinking, the San Diego Chargers have re-signed defensive end Luis Castillo to a one-year contract.

Castillo has been a valuable contributor to the Chargers front seven over the years, helping mold San Diego's defensive line into a consistent, solid unit.

During his first six seasons, the former first-round draft pick had 276 tackles, 19 sacks, and 43 tackles-for-loss while playing in 81 games (78 starts). In seven playoff starts for the Bolts, Castillo has been solid, producing 20 total tackles, two sacks, and four TFL's.

However, the 6-3, 290-pounder is coming off a major injury, as Castillo suffered a fractured tibia in the Chargers’ 2011 season opener against Minnesota and missed the remainder of the season. He was officially placed on the “Reserve-Injured” list Dec. 8.

Castillo becomes the 13th unrestricted free agent signed by the Chargers since free agency opened. He joins DT Antonio Garay; T Jared Gaither; OLB Jarrett Johnson; FB Le’Ron McClain; WR Robert Meachem; WR-KRs Eddie Royal and Roscoe Parrish; TEs Randy McMichael, Kory Sperry and Dante Rosario; SS Atari Bigby; and QB Charlie Whitehurst.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald & Wire Reports

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