Chargers Plan On Releasing DE Luis Castillo

Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

According to Kevin Acee, the Chargers plan on releasing DE Luis Castillo:

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.

Here are comments from Luis Castillo‘s agent Mike McCartney:

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.

Topics: Luis Castillo

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  • tank58

    well when your on the bench more than the field. I think its time for a change as well 

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @tank58 Larry English better be hiding from that pink slip as well

  • Vardog

    And the off-season drama continues to keep us at the edge of our seats…what will happen next?  Maybe Turner and Smith will somehow end up missing from a night of drinking in T. J.  haha!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @Vardog please make this happen!!!!

      • Vardog

        @epadaon  If they do end up missing, please delete all my information from this site.  Thank you…LOL

  • biggsybolt

    For not rebuilding it sure looks like that’s what’s happening! Deilman retiring, Castillo cut, VJax probably gone, Tolbert also. And that’s not saying anything about the big holes on defense that are already there! Its not looking good for Norv or AJ in a must win year.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @biggsybolt at this point, it sure does look like a rebuilding effort! I will wait and see what we do in free agency before I put that label on it. 

  • MikeTuck

    Releasing  Castillo, and signing Welker quickley would let Jackson find a home, and allow us big money to get a Avril/Williams opposite Luigit, plus have lots of money to sign a couple great Offensive linemen in free agency. This would make the Defense and Offense quicker, protect Rivers as well as give mathews better holes to run through. Draft Perry and laMichael James would make the D quicker, and James with Welker in the spred offense would make us quicker and shorten our game setting up Floyd and Brown for big plays. But this would give our defense a shot in the arm. It also would allow for our other picks to go to safety/CB Help and a W/R for the future.

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