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Jonathan Casillas | Linebacker

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 227
College: Wisconsin
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Bucs SLB Jonathan Casillas was held out of Saturday's preseason game due to disciplinary reasons.
It's not clear exactly what Casillas did to be inactive, but he didn't make the trip to Buffalo. Casillas is the Bucs' starting SAM linebacker. Aug 23 - 5:05 PM

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Bucs re-signed LB Jonathan Casillas to a one-year contract.

Casillas, 26, appeared in 12 games last season as a part-time SAM linebacker prior to going on injured reserve with a knee injury. He's expected to be ready for the start of the offseason program and could compete for a starting role. Casillas has above-average coverage skills, but isn't an NFL difference maker.
Mar 7 - 7:07 PM

The Tampa Bay Times reports the Bucs would like to re-sign free agent LB Jonathan Casillas, but have only had "preliminary" talks.

A knee injury limited Casillas to 12 games and 199 defensive snaps last season. He shouldn't be expensive if the Bucs want to lock him up before the start of free agency on March 11.
Feb 25 - 8:18 PM

Bucs placed LB Jonathan Casillas (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Casillas went down in Sunday's loss to Carolina. His first season in Tampa ends with 34 tackles and one forced fumble in 12 games while playing on just 199 defensive snaps. He'll hit the open market this spring.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 11:55:00 AM

Bucs LB Jonathan Casillas is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

He went down in Sunday's Week 13 loss to Carolina. A part-time player on Tampa's defense, Casillas has 34 tackles and a forced fumble through 12 games, starting four. Look for Dekoda Watson to handle more playing time.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 03:08:00 PM

Jonathan Casillas and Dekoda Watson are competing for the Bucs' starting strong-side linebacker job.

There's no mention of Adam Hayward. Watson is an interesting candidate because he was such a good blitzer at Florida State, and the Bucs will be able to blitz a lot more with Darrelle Revis in the secondary. Casillas still might be a superior option based on experience and cover skills at SAM 'backer.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 02:09:00 PM

Bucs signed LB Jonathan Casillas to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The deal is worth "up to" $3 million, so it's probably incentive laden. Bucs GM Mark Dominik loves stealing from division rivals, and 26-year-old Casillas has flashed every-down tools in spurts the past four seasons. In 2012, he was the Saints' nickel 'backer and recorded 31 tackles in 14 games with one start.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 07:13:00 PM

Free agent LB Jonathan Casillas hasn't had "any contact" with the Saints.

Casillas played 256 snaps at outside linebacker last season, but may no longer be a fit in New Orleans with the Saints shifting to a 3-4 defense. Casillas is injury prone, but appeared in 14 games in 2012. Going on 26, he could draw some interest in the second wave of free agency.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 12:37:00 PM

Saints LB Jonathan Casillas has gotten first-team reps only with the nickel package so far in training camp.

Casillas made five starts last season, but is out of the mix for first-string duties this year after all of the Saints' offseason linebacker moves. Injury prone, Casillas is behind Scott Shanle and Will Herring on the strong side.
Wed, Aug 15, 2012 04:12:00 PM

Saints re-signed restricted free agent LB Jonathan Casillas to a one-year, $1.26 million contract.

Casillas did draw interest from the Titans, but couldn't land a starter's contract. With David Hawthorne and Curtis Lofton now in New Orleans, Casillas will go from starter to relatively high-priced special teamer.
Tue, Apr 24, 2012 05:27:00 PM

Restricted free agent WLB Jonathan Casillas will visit the Titans on Monday.

Casillas received an original-pick tender, giving the Saints the right of first refusal if he signs an offer sheet, but no draft compensation since he was an undrafted free agent. This will be Casillas' first visit of free agency. New Orleans could be inclined to let Casillas walk after signing David Hawthorne and Curtis Lofton.
Mon, Apr 9, 2012 09:05:00 AM

Saints placed an original-round tender on restricted free agent tender WLB Jonathan Casillas.

The move gives the Saints the right of first refusal on Casillas, who originally signed as an undrafted free agent. He'll be in line for roughly $1.26 million if he signs his tender. The Saints are saving $667,000 by tendering Casillas at the original-round level instead of the second-round level, but will receive no draft-pick compensation if he signs elsewhere and they choose not to match.
Sun, Mar 11, 2012 11:07:00 AM

The Saints will reportedly apply the original round/right of first refusal restricted free agent tender to WLB Jonathan Casillas.

Casillas played roughly half of the defensive snaps last season while also serving as a special teams dynamo. The cap-strapped Saints can save $667,000 by using the original pick tender as opposed to the second-round level. Since Casillas was undrafted in 2009, however, New Orleans is leaving itself susceptible to offer sheets that would net them no draft pick compensation.
Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:15:00 AM

Saints WLB Jonathan Casillas is nearing 100 percent in his recovery from Lisfranc surgery.

Casillas isn't willing to push it full tilt just yet, but he should be ready for training camp. He's expected to vie for the starting weak-side linebacker job, but the Saints would be wise to pick up veteran insurance in free agency.
Tue, May 17, 2011 08:36:00 PM

Coach Sean Payton revealed Sunday that WLB Jonathan Casillas was placed on I.R. due to a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot.

He'll have surgery next week. It's a blow to Casillas' future, as the team will be more hesitant to rely on him as a starter coming off such a major injury. He was also injury prone at Wisconsin. The Saints have yet to declare a fill-in, though Scott Shanle moving back to weak side seems the best bet.
Sun, Sep 5, 2010 05:23:00 PM

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