Sources have confirmed the Chargers are planning to release Luis Castillo, who as started 79 games at left defensive end since being the 28th overall pick in 2005. Castillo has been paid $27.3 million over the past four seasons as part of a contract extension signed before the 2008 season. He as three years remaining on that deal, but he is due a $1 million signing bonus next month and a $3.9 million salary.
Castillo suffered a leg fracture in the 2011 season opener and did not play again. The Chargers are keeping open the option of re-signing him on a lesser deal after he tests the free agent market.
The Chargers are looking to save some dollars under the salary cap in order to re-sign our own free agents and possibly bring in some other guys.
At 28, Luis is at the prime of his career. He is a unique player with a lot of starting experience, and is a defensive lineman that can play inside in a 40 front, or outside in a 30 front.
Our defensive line will have Vaughn Martin and Corey Liuget starting at the ends and we will be looking to bring back Antonio Garay to play in the middle. If Garay is not in the middle, Cam Thomas will take the starting job and we will have a really young d-line.