Jonathan Casillas LB TB 5 Months

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

Casillas, 26, appeared in 12 games as a part-time starter at SAM linebacker prior to going on injured reserve with a knee injury. He's expected to be ready for the start of the Bucs' offseason program and could compete for a starting role in 2014.

Jonathan Casillas LB TB 5 Months

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.

Jonathan Casillas LB TB 8 Months

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.

Jonathan Casillas LB TB 8 Months

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.

Jonathan Casillas LB TB Jun 14 '13

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.

Jonathan Casillas LB TB Mar 13 '13

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.

Jonathan Casillas LB TB Mar 08 '13

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 4-3 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.

Jonathan Casillas LB TB Aug 15 '12

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.

Jonathan Casillas LB TB Apr 24 '12

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.

Jonathan Casillas LB TB Apr 09 '12

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

Casillas was tendered at the original-round level, giving the Saints the right of first refusal if he signs elsewhere, but no draft-pick 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.