Former CFL kicker Sergio Castillo has signed a practice roster contract with the New York Jets.
He worked out for the Jets on Wednesday morning after being in a hotel and passing three separate COVID-19 tests over the last three days.
The 29-year-old decided to opt out of his CFL contract, which would have expired in February 2021, in order to be ready if NFL teams came calling.
Castillo signed with the Alliance of American Football during the 2019 off-season and the second iteration of the XFL in 2020. Castillo re-upped with the B.C. Lions in April for a season that didn’t occur.
The proud Mexican-American enjoyed a career year upon his return to the Leos in 2019, making good on 41-of-45 field goal attempts and hit 30-of-33 convert attempts, a success rate of over 90 percent in both categories. For his efforts, he earned a West Division All-Star selection as a kicker.
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 played five games and made five field goals, helping the squad to an undefeated record before play was suspended. That’s the last time Castillo kicked in a pro environment.
Sam Ficken is the current kicker for the green and white. Ficken has made all nine of his field goal attempts through five games this season, including a career-long 54-yarder against Denver in Week 4. He’s played in 24 games while making 31-of-42 three-point attempts (73.8 percent) during his NFL career.
The Jets wanted to have an emergency option available in-house to be prepared for a positive COVID-19 case.