The Chargers didn't want to use the franchise tag because they would have had to pay him the average of the top five wide receiver salaries at a rate of 120 percent over last year's franchise figure. It would have cost them $13.7 million against the salary cap.
“We discussed it again this morning, and nothing changed," Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said. "We did not like the franchise number, never did.Vincent will enter the market, and we will see what happens. We would like to have him continue on with us, but other teams now will enter the picture.We will now evaluate our contract proposal, and proceed accordingly.” A former first-round draft pick, Castillo could be in the Chargers' plans depending on his health and price tag.
He missed the majority of last season after breaking his tibia in the first game of the year.
Castillo has started 79 games since joining the team in 2005, recording 19 sacks and 43 tackles for losses.
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