The San Diego Chargers announced that they have released defensive end Luis Castillo, but are open to re-signing the veteran at a lower rate.
Castillo was scheduled to earn $3.9 million in base salary with a $1 million roster bonus and $75,000 workout bonus in 2012. His release clears $3.95 million in space under the salary cap.
A 2005 first-round pick out of Northwestern, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Castillo started 79 of 82 games over the seven seasons, totaling 210 tackles, 19 sacks with two interceptions, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles. Castillo missed most of the 2011 season after suffering a broken tibia during the season-opener against the Minnesota Vikings.