Blue Bombers trade for CFL all-star kicker Sergio Castillo

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have acquired American kicker Sergio Castillo in a trade with the B.C. Lions, in exchange for Winnipeg’s fourth round selection in the 2022 CFL Draft.

Castillo opted out of his two-year Canadian Football League contract in August of 2020 after the cancellation of the season to pursue opportunities in the National Football League. The Lions had maintained his CFL rights.

The five-foot-nine, 196-pound Castillo returns to the Blue Bombers after beginning his career in Canada with Winnipeg in 2015.

He has appeared in 38 CFL games over four seasons with the Bombers (2015), Ottawa Redblacks (2016), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2017) and the Lions (2019). He was named a league all-star in 2019 with B.C. after connecting on 41-of-45 field-goal attempts (91.1 percent), including five field goals covering 50 yards or longer.

Castillo was with the Tennessee Titans during training camp this year, and played in seven games in 2020 with the New York Jets, connecting on 8-of-13 field goals, including a 55-yarder.

Castillo holds a career field goal percentage of 87.0 in the CFL, having made 80-of-92 attempts. He also has a career convert percentage of 91.7 in the three-down league.

Castillo was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons in 2014, but made his professional debut with the Bombers in October of 2015, making all five of his field goal attempts. He finished that year going 10-of-13 for Winnipeg before Justin Medlock was signed in free agency in 2016.

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