By Eric Schmidt

The San Diego Chargers are reportedly set to release DE Luis Castillo instead of paying the defensive end a $1 million dollar signing bonus. Castillo has been a member of the San Diego Chargers since the 2005 season when he was selected 28th overall in the first-round of the NFL Draft.

The 6’3″ 290 pound defensive end has struggled with injury issues in his career but was at one time considered to be one of the top defensive line prospects early on in his career. Castillo, who will turn 29 in August, is due a roster bonus and with the Chargers making moves in order to create cap space, Castillo will become a roster casualty.

Castillo missed 15 games in 2011 after suffering a broken leg in Week One. In seven seasons, Castillo has logged just 19 sacks with his best sack total coming in 2006, recording seven. In his career, the Northwestern product has recorded 210 career tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

There is a possibility that the Chargers might want to re-sign Castillo after the start of free agency, but he could garner some interest from other teams running a 3-4 defense such as the Houston Texans or the New England Patriots.

Castillo sent a letter to all 32 NFL teams prior to the NFL Combine, admitting the use of androstenedione, a banned substance in the NFL. Castillo admitted to taking injections in order to rehab an elbow injury in order to be ready to participate in the Combine. He has not tested positive to any banned substance since.

The 2012 version of the San Diego Chargers is starting to be shaping up as a completely different version. Castillo could be gone along with OL Marcus McNeill and WR Vincent Jackson.

 

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