- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 23, 2008

From combined dispatches

San Diego Chargersdefensive end Luis Castillo agreed to a five-year contract extension through 2014 on Tuesday, valued at about $43 million. The deal will pay Castillo a guaranteed $17.5 million in signing and roster bonuses.

“You know I am not usually short of words, but today is different,” Castillo said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling.

“Three years ago all I looked for was an opportunity, a chance to come into this league and play and prove the kind of player I was and prove the things I could do on that football field. And to be standing here three years later, committed to San Diego for seven more, it’s an unbelievable feeling.”

Castillo’s contract, signed as a rookie in 2005, had been due to expire after the 2009 season. He said the Chargers approached him a few months ago about an extension.

“Everybody knows - look around this team - of the incredibly talented players we have,” said Castillo, who missed six games each of the past two seasons with ankle injuries. “It’s a credit to the Chargers to put themselves in this position. They have all these young guys who they are going to have to take care of. Look at their plan. They are doing everything they can do to keep us together.

RAMS: Seven-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Pace is close to returning from a shoulder injury but will not be cleared for full contact at the start of training camp.

Coach Scott Linehan said the team would be conservative with Pace, who tore the labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder in the second quarter of the 2007 season-opener against Carolina.

EAGLES: The son of coach Andy Reid was sentenced to two years in a drug rehabilitation program.

Garrett Reid had pleaded guilty in May to trying to smuggle dozens of pills into the Montgomery County (Pa.) Jail.

Reid, 25, was serving time in the jail for a heroin-fueled car crash that injured a motorist.

When Reid surrendered on charges related to that crash in October, prison guards found 89 prescription pills inside his rectum.

PATRIOTS: Offensive lineman Nick Kaczur pleaded guilty to speeding in a deal with prosecutors that will put a misdemeanor drug possession charge on hold.

The 28-year-old Kaczur was ordered to pay $355 in fines and fees by Whitestown (N.Y.) Town Justice Stanley Wolanin, who said the drug possession charge will be dismissed if he stays out of trouble for the next six months.

The plea deal also requires Kaczur to comply with any type of treatment, monitoring or employee assistance program imposed by the Patriots, Oneida County Assistant District Attorney Grant Garramone said.

RAIDERS: Oakland signed former Kansas City Chiefs safety Greg Wesley to a one-year contract, adding depth to the position on the eve of training camp.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus said Wesley was happy to remain in the AFC West and looked forward to playing against the Chiefs twice this season.

Wesley gives the Raiders depth at safety behind starters Gibril Wilson and Michael Huff.

BENGALS: Coach Marvin Lewis emphatically closed the door on the possibility of receiver Chris Henry rejoining Cincinnati.

The Bengals released Henry in April after he was arrested for the fifth time, and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. His court case ended in a mistrial and prosecutors dropped the charges, prompting Henry to seek reinstatement and a chance to play in the NFL again.

Lewis said it won’t be with the Bengals.

“I’m not interested,” Lewis told reporters before the team’s annual preseason luncheon. “I don’t think it would be productive for our football team. You have to be a productive part to be an NFL player, and there’s responsibilities to being an NFL player. It’s a privilege. It’s not a right. There’s a lot that comes with being an NFL football player.”



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