B.C. Lions kicker Sergio Castillo opts out of CFL contract, looking for NFL opportunity

B.C. Lions kicker Sergio Castillo wants to be available for an NFL opportunity, should one present itself.

The 29-year-old has decided to opt out of his CFL contract, which would have expired in February 2021, in order to be ready if NFL teams come calling. Castillo is no stranger to chasing his dream south of the border, having signed with the upstart AAF during the 2019 off-season and the second iteration of the XFL in 2020. Castillo re-upped with the Leos in April for a season that didn’t occur.

The proud Mexican-American enjoyed a career year upon his return to the Lions in 2019, making good on 41-of-45 field goal attempts and hit 30-of-33 convert attempts, good for a success rate of over 90 percent in both categories, and also earned a West Division All-Star selection.

He also had 14 punts for 73 yards and a net average of 42.6 yards before Josh Bartel took over those duties in Week 5 of the season.

Prior to signing with the Lions in 2019 training camp, Castillo suited up in 20 games over three seasons (2015-2017) split between Winnipeg, Ottawa and Hamilton where he made 39-of-47 field goal attempts and missed only two of his 27 attempts on converts.

The native of La Joya, Texas began 2020 with the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks where he suited up for all five games and made five field goals, helping the squad to an undefeated record before play was suspended.

With his contract set to expire already, Castillo is making a low risk, high reward decision knowing a leg of his calibre could find work.