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Jamaal Charles | Running Back | #28

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 199
College: Texas
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (73) / KC
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Jamaal Charles (knee) is being held out of team drills in minicamp.
Charles is getting in some side work with his helmet on, but the Broncos aren't forcing the issue six weeks before training camp. It's unclear if Charles will be 100 percent for the start of camp. Jun 13 - 1:18 PM

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Jamaal Charles (knee) said he thinks he can "be the man" in the Broncos' backfield.

It would be surprising if Charles' goal was anything less than being "the man" considering his resume, but he also seems to have reasonable expectations about his role coming off multiple knee surgeries at age 30. "I just want to come in and compete," Charles said. "I want to show up and compete with my teammates and show them that I am good and still at the top of my career." Charles still has not been fully cleared, but he has progressed to "light drills" at OTAs. If he can get healthy, Charles should operate as the change-of-pace option for C.J. Anderson.
Source: ESPN
Jun 6 - 10:32 AM

Jamaal Charles (knees) progressed to "light drills" with the running backs at Broncos OTA practice on Monday.

"He came here and his quad was really weak," coach Vance Joseph admitted. "He’s gotten stronger, he’s running hills, he was with (RBs coach) Eric Studesville on a couple drills. So he’s getting closer, but his time frame won’t change. He’ll still be ready for training camp." Charles, 30, has torn each of his ACLs and underwent two knee surgeries last November, one to trim his right meniscus and the other to clean out his left knee.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 5 - 5:43 PM

The Broncos are targeting training camp for Jamaal Charles’ (knee) return.

Speaking Tuesday, Vance Joseph said that Charles will solely rehab and get healthy during OTAs. He'll have to prove his health and explosion in camp to guarantee his spot on the 53-man roster. With zero guaranteed money on his one-year contract, the Broncos can walk away if Charles doesn't show enough.
May 23 - 2:42 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis puts Jamaal Charles' chances of making the Broncos' 53-man roster at "50-50."

Charles signed a no-guarantee, one-year, incentive-laden deal with Denver, so this absolutely makes sense. Charles is coming off multiple knee surgeries and setbacks and turns 31 later this year. If he can prove he's healthy, which is a big "if," then Charles won't have a problem cracking the Week 1 roster, but Denver has plenty of backfield options with C.J. Anderson coming back to health, Devontae Booker entering Year 2, and the selection of rookie De'Angelo Henderson. Charles is a mere late-round flier in fantasy drafts.
May 17 - 2:57 PM

Jamaal Charles' one-year deal with the Broncos has a $1 million base value.

Another $2.75 million is available in incentives, most related to whether or not Charles is active on Sundays. It's not a surprising deal for a 30-year-old back who has lost back-to-back seasons to knee injuries. The contract also appears to contain zero guaranteed money, meaning Charles will have to earn his roster spot on the practice field. He's no lock to contribute in 2017.
Source: NBC Denver
May 2 - 6:18 PM

Broncos agreed to terms with RB Jamaal Charles, formerly of the Chiefs, on a one-year contract.

Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth "up to" $3.75 million. One of the most unique runners in NFL history, Charles used to be guaranteed to average 5.0 yards per carry or better, but has been limited to eight games by knee issues over the past two years. He turned 30 in December. Charles is a high-upside flier for a backfield that badly needed reinforcements, but is a question mark for the time being. For now, C.J. Anderson should be considered the Broncos' starter. Everything could change if Charles flashes glimpses of his old self in camp. Charles is expected to miss most, if not all, of the offseason program.
May 2 - 5:23 PM

Free agent RB Jamaal Charles is visiting the Broncos on Tuesday.

It's only Charles' second visit of free agency. Fresh off striking out on early-round running backs in a deep draft at the position, the Broncos still need to add to their backfield. If healthy, Charles would be an excellent complement/back-up plan for C.J. Anderson. Charles recently posted video of a vigorous workout. He should find a new home sooner rather than later.
May 1 - 2:44 PM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski "doesn't see" the Eagles signing free agent Jamaal Charles.

Charles' "market" has been completely nonexistent, which is surprising to a degree. Though he is coming off a significant knee injury and is 30 years old, he should be able to get another shot. Before the injury, Charles was one of the best backs in the league and has never averaged fewer than 5.0 YPC in a season. The Eagles are the most RB-needy team in the league right now, but Kempski doesn't see a fit for Charles, as Philly already has a number of small-ish space backs like Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, and rookie Donnel Pumphrey.
May 1 - 12:17 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Trevor Siemian
2Paxton Lynch
3Chad Kelly
4Kyle Sloter
RB1C.J. Anderson
2Jamaal Charles
3Devontae Booker
4De'Angelo Henderson
5Bernard Pierce
GLB1C.J. Anderson
2Devontae Booker
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Jamaal Charles
FB1Andy Janovich
2Juwan Thompson
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Jordan Taylor
3Cody Latimer
4Marlon Brown
5Isaiah McKenzie
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Bennie Fowler
3Carlos Henderson
4Hunter Sharp
5Kalif Raymond
WR31Bennie Fowler
TE1Virgil Green
2AJ Derby
3Jeff Heuerman
4Henry Krieger-Coble
5Jake Butt
LT1Garett Bolles
2Ty Sambrailo
3Elijah Wilkinson
LG1Max Garcia
2Justin Murray
3Cameron Hunt
C1Matt Paradis
2Connor McGovern
3Dillon Day
RG1Ronald Leary
2Billy Turner
3Chris Muller
RT1Menelik Watson
2Donald Stephenson
3Michael Schofield
K1Brandon McManus