Kicker Sergio Castillo has signed with Ottawa Redblacks, per sources.
Castillo played last season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but tore his ACL last October in a 30-13 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, going down as he covered a missed field goal. The injury typically takes at least a year to recover from – it’s Castillo’s plant leg – and the Ticats signed Canadian Lirim Hajrullahu as a replacement in free agency.
Castillo won the kicking job in Ticat training camp last spring after bouncing around the fringes of the CFL for three seasons. He made the most of it, hitting on 29 of 34 field goals (85.3 per cent) and going five-for-five from beyond the 50 yard line. The Ticats released Castillo in February.
Ottawa seems intent on having a kicking competition in training camp. It was reported earlier on Monday that the Redblacks have also signed Richie Leone to a one-year deal. Leone, a two-time CFL all-star punter, led the three-down league in punting average in 2015 and 2016 (49.5 and 49.3). He saw time as a field goal kicker with B.C. too, hitting 65-of-90 three-pointers (72.2 per cent).
The team is in the market for a kicker after Brett Maher, who handled all three jobs last season, signed with the Dallas Cowboys last week.