July 29, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive end Luis Castillo (93) during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
The seven-year veteran was a standout for the Chargers for much of his career, starting 79 of the 82 games he played, with 276 tackles, including 43 for a loss and 19 sacks.
The Carolina Panthers and head coach Ron Rivera have not been shy about pillaging from the San Diego Chargers. Rivera knows the personnel and carried the same systems over to Carolina when he took over for the 2011 season. For this reason, newly released Luis Castillo has got to be a target for the Carolina Panthers and Rivera. The guy has something left in the tank at only 29 years old. The Carolina Panthers have little depth on the defensive line. It is a perfect marriage as far as this fan is concerned.
After winning four consecutive AFC West titles, the San Diego Chargers have fallen flat the past two seasons, going 17-15 and missing the playoffs twice.
The move is somewhat curious, considering the Chargers re-signed Castillo on April 3. Acee said the two sides had been in communication, and the Chargers decided to get younger at the position. Castillo wasn’t a sure thing to make the team out of camp.