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Jamaal Charles | Running Back | #25

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 199
College: Texas
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (73) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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A video posted by his agent shows free agent Jamaal Charles working through a training drill.
The video is linked below. Charles appears to be going less than full speed, but he is able to cut on both surgically repaired knees and does not seem to be wearing a brace. Agent David Mulugheta undoubtedly released this video to show Charles is healthy enough to sign, but the veteran has not heard a peep since visiting the Seahawks over a month ago. He will almost certainly have to wait until after the draft to find a new team, and his time as a free agent could drag all the way through the summer. Apr 24 - 10:00 PM

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Free agent Jamaal Charles has left his Seahawks visit without a contract.

The Seahawks surprisingly still hosted Charles even after signing Eddie Lacy. The Seahawks were burned badly by their young and injury-ravaged backfield last season, but C.J. Prosise showed enough to get a second chance as the team's third-down back, the role Charles is probably best suited for at this stage. Seattle is an unlikely landing spot. PFT's Mike Florio reports the ex-Chief has lined up another visit.
Mar 16 - 8:16 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Seahawks will still meet with free agent Jamaal Charles on Wednesday.

It is somewhat surprising after the Seahawks signed Eddie Lacy on Tuesday, but Seattle is likely just doing their due diligence on a player coming off several knee injuries. Charles has not been firmly linked with any other team.
Mar 14 - 12:23 PM

Free agent RB Jamaal Charles will visit the Seahawks on Wednesday.

We know the sides had "mutual interest," but there had been no word of a visit. The Seahawks are investigating all the market's top backs, but don't seem particularly close to signing anybody. Although his addition wouldn't be good news for any Seattle back, Charles could take a bite out of C.J. Prosise's upside.
Mar 13 - 5:27 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Seahawks and free agent Jamaal Charles have "mutual interest."

Rapoport adds Charles is expected to visit Seattle when he starts his free agency tour. On paper it is surprising the Seahawks are interested in Charles considering they have two young backs and many needs elsewhere, but neither Thomas Rawls nor C.J. Prosise has proven durable in their short careers. Charles has big injury questions of his own, however, and has played in eight games since 2014. If Seattle does go after Charles, they likely will not be offering more than a short-term, prove-it-type deal.
Mar 9 - 7:51 AM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed the Eagles will "evaluate" adding free agent RB Jamaal Charles.

"I think he's a tremendous running back," Pederson said. "We'll grade him just like we do every free agent and every person that's released and see where he could fit into our offense." While the coach tried to temper the comments at the end, it makes a lot of sense for the Eagles to kick the tires on Charles if he is healthy. That is a big if, however.
Source: ESPN
Mar 1 - 7:13 PM

Jamaal Charles (knees) was released by the Chiefs with the "failed physical" designation.'s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Charles is "healthy," but his former team didn't agree. Rapoport has consistently passed along too-rosy information on Charles' recovery, so it's likely coming from Charles' agent. All that really matters is that Charles should be recovered for training camp.
Feb 28 - 7:45 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports free agent Jamaal Charles' priority is to sign with a Super Bowl contender.

"No. 1 on his list is going to be playing for a contender," said Garafolo. "He's aiming for teams that were in the postseason and have a legitimate Super Bowl chance." Garafolo added that the Cowboys, in particular, "would be high on Jamaal Charles' list, for sure." Charles played his college ball at Texas. The Giants are another 2016 playoff team with which Charles would be a fit.
Feb 28 - 3:23 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent Jamaal Charles (knees) is currently "healthy."

This information is almost certainly coming from Charles' agent, but it's the best we have to go on. Charles tore his left ACL in 2011 and his right ACL in 2015. He had his right meniscus "trimmed" last November, then underwent a "clean-up" operation on his left knee while rehabbing the right one. The stability of Charles' knees will determine whether he has any football left.
Feb 28 - 2:36 PM

Chiefs released RB Jamaal Charles.

The expected move saves Kansas City $6.2 million in cap space. 30-year-old Charles struggled to get on the field in 2016 while battling injuries to both knees following a 2015 ACL tear. He has just 83 carries since the end of the 2014 season. One of the NFL's most dynamic all-purpose backs in his prime, Charles incredibly hit or topped 5.0 yards per carry in each of his first eight seasons. Some team may bring Charles to camp, but his NFL future is in serious doubt.
Feb 28 - 2:09 PM

ESPN's Tim McManus speculates Jamaal Charles could be an option for the Eagles if he is released.

Charles counts $6.2 million against the cap, and the Chiefs can save all of that by releasing him. Considering he is coming off two lost seasons due to knee issues, it is almost a given Kansas City will move on. If they do, the Eagles make a lot of sense. Coach Doug Pederson was his coordinator in Kansas City, and they need backfield help even if they do not cut Ryan Mathews. Signing Charles will be a gamble, but it could prove a smart, low-cost move for an Eagles organization pinching pennies as they attempt to surround Carson Wentz with weapons.
Source: ESPN
Feb 25 - 10:05 AM

Speaking about Jamaal Charles' Chiefs future, GM John Dorsey said "we'll see."

"He's working like the dickens to get himself ready for 2017," Dorsey said of his star runner. "We'll see what happens in March, but right now I see him as a Chief." They're warm words, but the only real takeaway is that Dorsey didn't commit. The Chiefs can create $6.188 million in cap room by letting Charles, who has lost the past two seasons to knee issues, go. It's quite possible Charles remains in Kansas City, but it could require a new deal.
Feb 9 - 1:57 PM

The Chiefs can save $6.188 million in cap room by releasing Jamaal Charles this offseason.

Plagued by injuries to both knees, Charles has appeared in just eight games over the past two seasons. Kansas City is projected to enter the offseason strapped for cap room. Neither Spencer Ware nor Charcandrick West established himself as the answer to Kansas City's running game, however, and Charles just turned 30. While Charles' release does seem likely at this time, it's not out of the question that the Chiefs bring him to OTAs to gauge Charles' health.
Jan 28 - 10:07 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee, injured reserve) said he "still wants to play football."

This never seemed to be in question, but it is still good to hear. Charles underwent surgery to repair both menisci in November, but he likely could have gotten back on the field in the playoffs if the Chiefs had not been forced to use their return spot on a linebacker. Charles had only 40 yards on 12 carries this season and has played in just eight games the last two years. It is likely the Chiefs decide to move on this offseason, and Charles may have to settle for a prove-it deal on the open market.
Jan 10 - 9:04 AM

Jamaal Charles (knee, injured reserve) is done for the season.

There was hope Charles could be back for the playoffs but he won't be returning after the Chiefs activated ILB Justin March-Lillard from IR. Owed a $3 million roster bonus, Charles is a candidate for offseason release. Kansas City would save $7 million by cutting Charles.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 06:47:00 PM

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