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