Jonathan Casillas

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Jonathan Casillas
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Casillas at the 2010 Super Bowl parade in New Orleans
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1987-06-03) June 3, 1987 (age 32)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:New Brunswick (NJ)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles:385
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at

Jonathan Casillas (born June 3, 1987) is an American football linebacker currently a free agent. He played high school football at New Brunswick High School and college football at Wisconsin. He is of Puerto Rican and African-American ancestry.

College career[edit]

He played college football at Wisconsin.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
238 lb
(108 kg)
4.50 s 24 reps
All values from NFL combine[1]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

He went undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, but was later signed as a free agent.[2] Casillas was coming off surgery from a knee injury and was only a participant in the bench press at the NFL Combine.

In Super Bowl XLIV, he was officially credited with recovering the Saints's third-quarter onside kick to start the second half en route to their 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.[3][4]

Casillas was expected to take over as the Saints' starting weakside linebacker for the 2010 season. However, he suffered a foot injury during the last game of the preseason, and he was placed on the injured reserve list, ending his 2010 season.[5]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Casillas signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 13, 2013.[6] He played in 12 games before being placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury.[7] On March 7, 2014, Casillas re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year deal.

New England Patriots[edit]

Casillas, along with a 2015 sixth-round draft pick, was traded to the New England Patriots on October 28, 2014, for the Patriots' 2015 fifth-round draft pick. On February 1, 2015, he won his second Super Bowl ring when the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 28–24, in Super Bowl XLIX.

New York Giants[edit]

On March 10, 2015, Casillas signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the New York Giants.[8][9] Signed as a special teamer, Casillas emerged as a starter for the Giants midway through the 2015 season.

In 2016, Casillas played in all 16 games with 15 starts, recording a career-high 96 tackles.

In 2017, Casillas started eight games before being placed on injured reserve on December 6, 2017 after battling wrist and neck injuries.[10]


  1. ^ "NFL Combine Results: Jonathan Casillas". Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  2. ^ Will the Saints Find Gold in the 2009 Undrafted Free Agents Class?
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Saints Coach’s Pair of Bold Bets: One Miss, One Turning Point", New York Times, Joe LaPointe February 8, 2010.
  5. ^ "New Orleans Saints' Jonathan Casillas out for the season", The Times-Picayune, September 4, 2010.
  6. ^ Jonathan Casillas makes the jump from Saints to Bucs
  7. ^ "Bucs place Jonathan Casillas on injured reserve",, December 4, 2013.
  8. ^ "Linebacker Jonathan Casillas signs four-year deal with Giants". Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  9. ^ Eisen, Michael (March 11, 2015). "Giants sign RB Shane Vereen; announce Free Agent signings". Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "Giants' injury news: LB Jonathan Casillas to IR, WR Darius Powe promoted". December 6, 2017.

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