San Diego Chargers Release Veteran Defensive Lineman Luis Castillo

Alex RamirezCorrespondent IJuly 19, 2012

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 14:  Defensive end Luis Castillo #93 of the San Diego Chargers defends against the Denver Broncos during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 14, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 39-38.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Chargers defensive lineman Luis Castillo is being released.

— UTKevinAcee (@UTKevinAcee) July 19, 2012

Luis Castillo has been with the San Diego Chargers since he started his career in 2005. He has 210 total tackles and 19 sacks in his career, but his time in San Diego is now over. The Chargers are moving on.

So why is Luis Castillo being released right before training camp? The Chargers must like what they see in the young guns:

Luis Castillo probably feels like he's being jerked around. Kudos to Reyes and Martin though. Youth at the DE spot prevails.

— Sean D (@WonkoSD) July 19, 2012

Here's another reaction about the release:

Finally, Luis Castillo has been thwarted from stealing more money from the Chargers. If only Kaeding was next.

— San Diego Chargers(@Lucab12) July 19, 2012

Training camp is very close. It's surprising to me that the Chargers wouldn't make this decision after they see what he can do in training camp. Maybe he still has some gas in the tank?

One thing San Diego could be doing is freeing up a little more cap space to bring in another free agent. But that doesn't seem likely.