Schiano Man Casillas Re-Signs

March 7th, 2014
Jonathan Casillas

Jonathan Casillas

The Bucs have confirmed they’re bringing back special teams ace/starting strongside linebacker Jonathan Casillas.

A Greg Schiano man from his high school days in New Jersey, Casillas won the starting gig from Dekoda Watson midway through last season before injuring his knee. It was never quite clear what was wrong with Casillas’ knee, and how it was treated, but it seems he’s healthy enough to earn the confidence of Lovie Smith.

Terms of the deal aren’t available yet, but Joe suspects sixth-year-man Casillas got backup money, which means subtract $1 million from the Bucs’ $19 million in available cap space. Hopefully, he will now stop yearning for all things New Orleans.

11 Responses to “Schiano Man Casillas Re-Signs”

  1. BucsQcCity Says:

    Depth is good but it’s still a 4-12 starter from last year

  2. mark2001 Says:

    He played well last year until his injury…glad to have him back.

  3. zam Says:

    I liked Casillas, glad to see him coming back.

  4. Mumbles Says:

    Glad to see Casillas back. Guess Watson wants to see what’s out there. The Saints are shooting everybody on sight over there!

  5. Andrew 1 Says:

    Sure. And he can just pretend he’s playing for the saints.

    All joking aside, I like Casillas. He’s our hardest hitting linebacker.

  6. INDYbucsfan Says:

    Let’s sign sproles and bring New Orleans to him!

  7. terraj35 Says:

    That cap space will look a lot better when the new regime informs Joseph AND Penn they need to take a cut or walk…It’s insane to think how much money our offensive line takes up considering their lack of production.

  8. Thibs5599 Says:

    Over Watson? Watson’s special team talent alone warrants keeping over Casillas. But glad to have a starting caliber/ solid depth guy come back.

  9. Mr. Patrick Says:

    New regime must have liked what they saw of him on film

  10. biff barker Says:

    Watson is a great ST guy but is another Geno Hayes type LB. The splash plays came on athleticism alone, but little he shows little instinct.
    Castillas can run and hit just as a T2 SLB should. The nose for the ball means he also plays ST well, so it’s no contest IMO.
    Health was the only issue.

  11. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Casillas was as good at ST as Watson in my book. Good resigning.

    At backup pay he comes cheap, and Lovie must have seen enough to want to see what he can do after some teaching.