Chargers sign Luis Castillo; waive Jesse Chatman

The San Diego Chargers signed defensive lineman Luis Castillo to a five-year contract on Tuesday and waived running back Jesse Chatman.

The Chargers selected Luis Castillo in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, 28th overall.

He became the fourth player in school history to earn both All-America and Academic All-America honors in the same season. In 42 games for the Wildcats, he produced 251 tackles (133 solos) with 4½ sacks for minus-19 yards, 19½ stops for losses of 51 yards and 11 quarterback pressures. He also deflected five passes, blocked a kick, caused a fumble and recovered another.

"We're delighted to have Luis here," Chargers Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "We're anxious to have a chance to get him started. We think he can make a positive contribution this season for us."

Jesse Chatman, an undrafted free agent from Eastern Washington in 2002, was in his fourth season with the Chargers. He was the Chargers' second-leading rusher in 2004. He carried 65 times for 392 yards (6.0 avg.) and three touchdowns.

Chatman has struggled each year to maintain the weight requirements placed on him by the coaching staff and failed a physical with the team, prompting his releasee. According to Schottenheimer, the running back was also absent from much of the off-season activities at Chargers Park.

Lui Fuga, an undrafted defensive tackle out of Hawaii, was also waived by the team on Tuesday.

The Chargers now have two unsigned draft picks, including linebacker Shawne Merriman (Maryland, first round) and wide receiver Vincent Jackson (Northern Colorado, second).

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