The Carolina Panthers and head coach Ron Rivera have not been shy about pillaging from the San Diego Chargers. Rivera knows the personnel and carried the same systems over to Carolina when he took over for the 2011 season. For this reason, newly released Luis Castillo has got to be a target for the Carolina Panthers and Rivera. The guy has something left in the tank at only 29 years old. The Carolina Panthers have little depth on the defensive line. It is a perfect marriage as far as this fan is concerned.
Luis Castillo is better than most options the Panthers have
Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson are fairly certain to be starters on the edges, but Castillo would give the Panthers some depth at the position. Certainly he has not been nearly the player he was early in his career, but a resurgence is not out of the question. Castillo is a high motor guy that will almost certainly be an upgrade over most of the second stringers.
Luis Castillo knows the defense and Rivera's way
Rivera coached Castillo already, so he knows what he is capable of and how best to use him. If the Panthers sign Castillo, they will have a guy that is a known commodity. That is a big deal in today's NFL and a large reason why coaches often bring in guys they used to coach. The unknown can produce awesome results but they can also make a mess of things. Steady production that you can count on is valuable and Castillo is likely to appear that way to Rivera.
Castillo could probably be gotten fairly cheap
His last contract was for one year at one million dollars. That is a bargain if the Panthers could get a similar or cheaper deal. When it comes to experience in the NFL, you usually have to pay a little. Castillo could be a bargain in that regard.
The Panthers certainly are not forced to make any moves along the defensive line, but judging from Ron Rivera's past, it is easy to see why you might think he would go after Castillo. Like Antwan Applewhite and Legedu Naanee before him, it could rejuvenate his career.
*Southern is a huge Carolina Panthers fan that is convinced that he will see a Super Bowl Trophy in Charlotte within five years.
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