New Orleans Saints can add some free agent pass rushers with extra money

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Nov 7, 2010; Houston, TX, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive end Luis Castillo (93) grabs the face mask of Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) the second quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

Defensive tackle Luis Castillo-nothing heals an old wound like a fresh start and the Saints could benefit from acquiring Castillo who was just released by the San Diego Chargers for the second time this offseason.

The only question for signing Castillo would be if he is fully healed from a broken leg he suffered in Week 1 of 2011.  According to Chargers head coach Norv Turner he was almost back to form, but his release was more of a move towards youth and not health.

As a matter of fact, Castillo was briefly on the market after being released in March and was courted by the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots.  Castillo re-signed with the Chargers though in April for a bare bones one-year, $1 million deal.

That could be excellent for the Saints since Castillo likely would still want to prove the Chargers wrong and if the Saints do sign him, he would get to face them in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 7 when the Chargers travel to face-off against the Saints.

Castillo would come cheap for the Saints and would provide some nice interior pass rush, run stopping power, and is still fairly young at 28 .  For his seven year career, he has 210 tackles with 43 for a loss and 19 sacks.

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  • larryjames836

    With Dwight Freeney at 14 million I believe we can get 2 or 3 with this much money and good ones. Luis Castillo could be one, Andre Carter, and Tommie Harris or James Hall all veterans they knows the line.

  • Gene Higginbotham

     Larry Holder commented that Freeney would require a Reggie Bush-type trade plus Freeney may be more interested in money at his age(33).  If I had to pick two,granted they’re healthy, Andre Carter would be my first choice for a defensive end and for a defensive tackle would be a tight one with either Castillo or Harris.  Harris was a three time Pro Bowler and if the Patriots were looking at Castillo, then they obviously know something.