Jonathan Casillas Will Fight For Black’s JobMarch 14th, 2013
Greg Schiano added not only linebacker depth yesterday but a kid from his old Rutgers neighborhood.
The Bucs signed free agent linebacker Jonathan Casillas, who had hoped to return for his fifth season with the Saints. Casillas is from New Brunswick, New Jersey, which just happens to be home to the main campus of Rutgers.
Joe suspects it will come out soon that Schiano knew Casillas as a teenager and lost out recruiting him when Casillas left Jersey to play college ball at the University of Wisconsin.
Casillas was an undrafted rookie snagged by the Saints in 2009. Last season, he had 31 total tackles in 14 games while making $1.26 million, per the NOLA.com.
Joe hopes Dakoda Watson can build on his breakthrough season at special teams and win the strong side linebacker job, which surely will be vacated soon by injured Quincy Black. But Casillas seems like a good fit to fight for that gig, along with Adam Hayward.
Joe has to think right now that the odds of the Bucs drafting an outside linebacker have been cut.