Former CFL kicker Sergio Castillo worked out for the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday.
Houston Chronicle NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reported the news. Castillo decided to opt out of his B.C. Lions contract, which would have expired in February 2021, in order to be ready if NFL teams came calling. That’s exactly what has happened as he worked out for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, August 30.
The 29-year-old Castillo is no stranger to chasing his dream south of the border, having signed with the upstart Alliance of American Football in 2019 and the XFL in 2020. Castillo re-upped with the Leos in April for a CFL season that ended up being canceled.
The proud Mexican-American enjoyed a career year with the Lions in 2019, making 41-of-45 field goal attempts and hit 30-of-33 convert attempts. He was named a West Division All-Star for his play. 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) between Winnipeg, Ottawa and Hamilton with whom 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.
The Browns released kicker Austin Seibert on Monday after he missed his lone field goal attempt from 40 yards and failed on an extra point try. Cleveland signed veteran Cody Parkey from their practice squad to take his place. If Castillo inks a deal, he’ll be the only other kicker on the Browns roster.