SF 49ers: 9 CFL players John Lynch should consider for 2020

Linebacker Glenn Love #34 of the Montreal Alouettes. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Linebacker Glenn Love #34 of the Montreal Alouettes. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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Kicker Sergio Castillo #41 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. (Photo by Brent Just/Getty Images) /

No. 1: Another kicker who would make a great practice roster addition, Sergio Castillo opted out of his contract to pursue the NFL

We’ve finally made it to the west coast of Canada, to beautiful British Columbia. The B.C. Lions call Vancouver home and their stadium, B.C. Place, hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. B.C. Place also hosted the 2011 Grey Cup where the Lions won it all in front of their home crowd.

Kicker Sergio Castillo was supposed to kick for the Lions after he signed with the team after the XFL folded. He decided to opt-out of his contract with the Lions to try for a spot on an NFL roster.

In the XFL Castillo played for the Houston Roughnecks helping them to a perfect season before it ends prematurely. During his time with the Roughnecks, he made five field goals. In 2019, the Mexican-American kicker became a CFL West All-Star by going 41 of 45 on field goals and 30 of 33 on extra points.

If you’re trying to do the quick math, he hit 90 percent or better in each category. Talk about consistency.

Justin Dunk of 3DownNation called Castillo’s decision “low risk, high reward.”

Castillo shouldn’t be waiting for too long as many teams want to have a consistent kicker on their team. If he’s still available during the season and Robbie Gould is struggling, general manager John Lynch shouldn’t second guess this opportunity.

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Unfortunately, the CFL has come to this. But in a gate-driven league, the league had no choice but to shut down for the 2020 season. This does give players a chance to crack some NFL rosters so expect to see more names given tryouts in San Francisco very soon.