SAN DIEGO The San Diego Chargers have re-signed defensive end Luis Castillo to a one-year contract.
The 6-3, 290-pounder will play his eighth NFL season in 2012. 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.
During his first six seasons, the former first-round draft pick has been a consistent performer from his defensive end spot, accumulating 276 tackles, 19 sacks and 43 tackles for loss while playing in 81 games with 78 starts. Castillo has also started seven playoff games for the Bolts, racking up 20 total tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss.
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. The list does not include C Nick Hardwick and LB Demorrio Williams, who both signed immediately before free agency began.