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Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Date of Birth:  12/27/1987
Age:  34
Height  5'11"
Weight:   199
College:  Texas
Drafted:  2008 | Round 3 | Pick 73
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Jamaal Charles | Retired RB


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Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles is officially retiring from the NFL.

Charles signed a one-day contract to officially retire as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, the team he spent the first nine seasons of his career with after being drafted in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. The electric running back from the University of Texas was a two-time All-Pro (2010 and 2013), and he had five 1,000-yard rushing seasons, including seasons with rushing totals of 1,467 (2010), 1,509 (2012), and 1,287 (2013). Charles also led the NFL in rushing scores in his second All-Pro season in 2013, coming just 20 yards short of 2,000 yards from scrimmage that year. Charles unfortunately battled injuries and appeared in just eight games total in his last two seasons with the Chiefs before playing 14 games for Denver in 2017 and appearing in two games with Jacksonville in 2018. For his career, Charles had 1,407 carries, 7,563 rushing yards, 44 rushing touchdowns, 310 receptions, 2,593 receiving yards, and 20 receiving touchdowns. In Week 15 of the 2013 season against the Raiders (the fantasy playoffs for most people), Charles had an epic performance with 215 yards and five total touchdowns (195 yards and four touchdowns coming through the air) in one of the greatest fantasy games of all-time. Missed time because of injuries will likely make it tough for Charles to make the Hall of Fame, but he has a case as one of the league's best players at any position during his prime, especially because his 5.4 yards per carry is the highest in NFL history for any player with at least 1,000 carries.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

The Jaguars have released Jamaal Charles.

This isn't a surprise considering the team just acquired Carlos Hyde last week. The veteran running back will look to land with another team at some point, but there's a chance the Chiefs great has played his last down in the NFL.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles gets two touches in Week 7.

Charles carried one time for two yards and added one reception for two yards against the Texans. With Carlos Hyde being added to the backfield mix, Charles is not a fantasy option at the moment.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles gets six touches in Jaguars' debut.

Charles carried five times for five yards and added one reception for five yards less than a week after getting signed by Jacksonville. Charles' workload indicates the team might believe he can work his way into becoming a key part of the offense, but he's not a fantasy option right now. Still, it probably felt good for the former Chiefs great to get back on the field in 2018.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

The Jaguars are signing Jamaal Charles, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

With Jacksonville hurting at the running back position due to Leonard Fournette (hamstring) still being out and Corey Grant (Lisfranc) landing on injured reserve, the former Chiefs star, who spent last season with the Broncos, finds a new team for 2018. The 31-year-old running back will become an immediate complement to T.J. Yeldon in Fournette's continued absence, but it's a stretch to think he'll be a big-time fantasy asset. It might take Charles until Fournette is back to get into the swing of things on offense, at which point his role might be limited to a few touches per game at most. Overall, Charles is not a highly-recommended waiver-wire pickup, but he's worth a desperation shot if you want to add the former 1,500-yard rusher to your roster.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles doesn't get a touch in Week 15.

The veteran running back didn't get much time against the Colts, and the Broncos are mainly going with C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker in the backfield right now. Given his current role, Charles is off the fantasy radar.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles held without a carry in win over the Jets.

Charles did catch three passes, but was held to just 12 yards. It would have been cool to see what the veteran could have done for a competitive team, but that didn't happen this season. He isn't a fantasy option on Thursday night against Indianapolis.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles handles eight touches in loss to the Dolphins.

Charles rushed three times for 12 yards and caught five passes for 39 yards. The touches are tied for his most since October, but Charles isn't a reliable fantasy option for the fantasy playoffs. The Broncos sit at 3-9 as they host the Jets in Week 14.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles gets three touches in Week 12.

Charles had a three-yard carry and added two receptions for seven yards. The potential future Hall of Famer isn't getting enough work in a bad offense to be a reliable fantasy option right now.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles has role scaled back in Week 11 loss.

Charles rushed just three times for seven yards, as Devontae Booker and C.J. Anderson combined for 34 touches. The collapsing Broncos probably won't have much reason to play Charles down the stretch, so he doesn't need to be owned in any leagues. Denver plays Oakland next Sunday.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles rushed eight times for 38 yards in the Broncos' loss to the Patriots.

Charles showed some good juice on limited touches, but it's hard for him to really get going as he shares the backfield with C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker. Denver returns home to host Cincinnati in Week 11, but Charles is better left on the bench.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles gets eight touches against the Eagles.

Charles carried four times for one yard while adding four receptions (on four targets) for 23 yards. Denver is struggling to do much of anything offensively, and that includes running the ball. The veteran back still has some juice left, but he's not in a good enough offense to be a reliable fantasy option while he's not getting a big workload.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles gets nine touches in Week 8.

Charles received a good amount of early work in his first game against his former team, but he had an early fumble that was returned for a touchdown by the Chiefs. It looked like his forward progress was stopped, but the officials didn't blow the play dead so it was too late. Overall, Charles had eight carries for 39 yards and one receptions for five yards in the game. He'll continue mixing in the backfield for the Broncos, but he's just a FLEX option in deeper leagues for right now.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles held in check as Broncos fall to Chargers.

Charles rushed four times for just two yards, but he did catch four passes for 20 yards. The veteran back would probably need a C.J. Anderson injury to have standalone fantasy value, but he's still worth keeping on your roster if there's room. Denver takes on Kansas City next Monday night.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles rushed five times for 19 yards in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

Charles actually led the team in rushing on a night that Denver basically abandoned the run, as C.J. Anderson rushed nine times for just 17 yards. Charles also caught a two-yard pass, but his value has been negatively impacted by Devontae Booker's return, as Booker seems to be the preferred receiving back for the Broncos. We'd expect Charles to be better against the Chargers next Sunday, but he's no more than a desperation FLEX option.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles makes an impact on just six touches in Week 4 win.

Charles rushed five times for 33 yards and caught a 14-yard pass, as C.J. Anderson dominated work with 24 touches, and Devontae Booker made his season debut and handled three carries. Averaging 5.3 yards per carry, Charles is on pace for 700 yards and four scores as a change-of-pace option behind Anderson. He's probably worth holding onto through he team's bye week.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles rushed nine times for 56 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Bills.

Despite a huge game from C.J. Anderson last week, Charles actually led the team in carries (Anderson had eight) and scored the only touchdown on the day for Denver. The veteran back continues to impress, and is now averaging 5.1 yards per carry on the season. He deserves every-week FLEX consideration, including next Sunday against Oakland.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles rushed nine times for 46 yards in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.

He also caught a six-yard pass. Charles looked slightly quicker and faster than he did in Week 1, and it could be a combination of knocking rust off and gaining confidence. While C.J. Anderson dominated against Dallas, we can't overlook Charles' strong play. He's carried it 19 times for 88 yards through two games. The Bills are next up on the schedule.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles plays well in his first regular season game with the Broncos.

The former All-Pro carried ten times for 40 yards against the Chargers, mixing in behind C.J. Anderson in Denver's backfield. Charles did lose a critical fumble in the fourth quarter that led to a Chargers touchdown on the next drive, but it did appear Charles' elbow was down (but the officials opted to let the call on the field stand because it was close). Charles played near the goal line on a couple snaps, which is a great sign for his fantasy value. The best news is Charles looks healthy and looks like a potential difference-maker for the Broncos. He's not a terrible FLEX option in Week 2 against the Cowboys.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles impresses in Broncos' debut.

Charles rushed four times for 27 yards and caught two passes for 15 yards, rotating with C.J. Anderson on the first-team offense. He had an injury scare when he awkwardly cut on a nice 12-yard run, but his visit to the medical tent turned out to be for a concussion and he returned to the game. While he might not be as explosive or in-shape as he used to be, Charles averages the most yards per carry in NFL history and is certainly worth a late-round flier.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles will play in the Broncos' third preseason game.

He won't play this Saturday in the team's second preseason game against the 49ers, but he'll play in the "dress rehearsal" game on Saturday, August 26. It'll be Charles' first game action since October of last year, and the 30-year-old back will likely be looking to prove he still has it. The Broncos have done a good job of limiting Charles through the preseason with hopes of having him 100% and ready to contribute during the regular season. As of now, Charles looks like he could be a FLEX contributor in fantasy leagues, but perhaps we'll see more of how he's used when he hits the field.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles won't play in the Broncos' first preseason game.

The Broncos have made it clear they want Charles to get ready for the regular season, so this isn't a surprise. We could see Charles get some snaps in the second and/or third preseason games, considering he hasn't been on the field since the first half of last season. C.J. Anderson is probably locked in as the guy in Denver's backfield that will get the most carries this season.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

MMQB's Peter King says the Broncos are "looking to get" Jamaal Charles 8-10 touches per game.

King reports Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy says Charles tells him he feels "great" every time he sees him, and Charles told King he has "zero knee pain" right now. The likely future Hall of Famer averages 5.5 yards per carry for his career, so he doesn't need a ton of carries to pick up yardage. If he is only in that limited role, he probably doesn't have the upside as a top ten option at the position. C.J. Anderson is probably locked into 15+ touches if the Broncos want to run the ball and rely on their defense.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles wants to do more in practice.

Charles is cleared to do everything and he wants to do more, but he coaches have decided to take it slow with their veteran running back. Jeff Legwold of ESPN says when the team signed Charles, they felt he would be a "situational player" and they are taking it slow so he will be ready to do that in the regular season. Right now, Charles is wearing a knee brace, but says he'll take it off if he doesn't feel comfortable with it. The All-Pro running back seems confident that he'll be more than just a situational player, but he'll be a difference-maker even in a limited role if healthy. Charles is currently going outside the top 40 running backs in fantasy drafts.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Broncos head coach Vance Joseph says Jamaal Charles is "cleared for everything."

Joseph said while Charles is cleared, they'll be smart and want him ready and fresh for the season. Charles will split reps between the first, second, and third teams throughout training camp. The team might want to see him in preseason action, but it is possible they hold him out of those games. There's been speculation Charles might not make the team, but we would anticipate him making the roster and being a big contributor if healthy. The 30-year-old back averages 5.5 yards per carry, the highest in NFL history for running backs.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

In an interview with Denver7, Jamaal Charles said he's "ahead of schedule" in recovery from his knee surgery.

Charles told Denver7's Troy E. Renck that he's "doing everything," including cutting and feels back to normal. The All-Pro running back made it clear to Renck that he's motivated to get back to an elite level and likes "proving people wrong." Charles could be a real difference maker for the Broncos this season.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles is just doing work off to the side in minicamp.

Charles is not participating in team drills and just has his helmet on, doing things to the side. The plan is probably to be ready for training camp, which he is reportedly "on track" for. We'll see if the Pro Bowl running back is ready when we get there.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles is "on track" to be ready for training camp.

Charles keeps improving and getting stronger, and today he wen through some running back drills with the team at OTAs. Charles also made clear when talking to the media today that he is determined after the Chiefs released him. He also said that he was "at the top," but injuries kept him off the field at the end of his career in Kansas City. If he stays healthy, Charles should have a big role in the Broncos offense this season.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said the team is targetting a training camp return for Jamaal Charles.

Charles is still working his way back to full health, and will focus on rehab through OTAs according to the head coach. If he can get healthy, Charles will be a difference-maker in the Denver backfield, though he will likely be the lesser of a committee with C.J. Anderson to start the season. Still, he has the ability to make an impact with just a few touches, and is well worth a mid-to-late round pick in fantasy drafts. 

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles has agreed to terms with the Broncos, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

So Charles will be staying in the AFC West and play his former team in the Chiefs twice this season (it's a one-year deal). It's a surprise that it took this long for Charles to find a new home, as he's one of the greatest--and most underrated--running backs of all-time, and should still have quite a bit left in the tank if he can stay healthy. Charles will work in tandem with C.J. Anderson in the Broncos backfield, and if he's healthy, could end up being a steal in fantasy drafts. We would view him as a high-upside FLEX option in Mike McCoy's offense. Charles will return to Kansas City in Week 8 on Monday Night Football.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles is visiting the Broncos, according to multiple reports.

Denver is an intriguing fit for Charles. They have C.J. Anderson there, along with second-year player Devontae Booker. Anderson and Charles would form a formidable combination for the Broncos, with each providing something different to the offense. Things could come together quickly, and it's a possibility Charles doesn't leave Denver without signing with the team.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Despite the signing of Eddie Lacy, Jamaal Charles will still visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, according to Adam Schefter.

The Seahawks now have Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, and C.J. Prosise, so this is a bit of a head scratcher. Seattle already now has the deepest backfield in the league, and adding Charles would further complicate things. We don't expect it to happen.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Jamaal Charles will visit the Seahawks, according to Jason La Canfora.

There was reported mutual interest between the two sides, and now Charles will visit Seattle. He'd be a great get for the Seahawks, obviously.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Seahawks, Jamaal Charles have "mutual interest," according to Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says that Charles will likely visit Seattle when he starts visiting teams. Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise are already in the mix in the Seahawks backfield, but Charles is not expected to command a heavy salary. There hasn't been much talk of Charles since he's been released by the Chiefs, but the Eagles are also expected to be interested.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson appears interested in signing free agent running back Jamaal Charles.

Pederson is obviously interested in bringing Charles to Philadelphia. Of course, Pedereson was Charles' offensive coordinator in Kansas City for three seasons. Pederson said that they will grade Charles like they do everyone else, and it's fair to say that Charles will grade highly. He's never averaged under 5.0 yards per carry until his injury-plagued 2016.

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

The Chiefs are cutting running back Jamaal Charles, according to Adam Schefter

Wow. This is kind of surprising—maybe because on the same day, two possible future Hall of Famers (Adrian Peterson will become a free agent on March 9th after the Vikings declined his option, the team announced) have been let go by teams they've spent their entire carers with. Charles is among the best running backs in the NFL, but he couldn't get back to 100% last season after tearing his ACL in 2015. Suddenly, there are two top-notch running backs available in free agency, which begins on March 9th. Charles averaged as astonishing 5.5 yards per carry in his career with the Chiefs over nine seasons and never averaged less than 5.0 yards per carry until his injury-plagued 2016 season. Charles should get a ton of interest in free agency, despite his injury history and age (30).

Jamaal Charles | Retired RB

Chiefs GM John Dorsey says that right now he sees Jamaal Charles "as a Chief."

Dorsey says he's working hard to get ready for next season and they'll "see what happens in March" but right now he sees him as a Chief. Obviously, right now he is a Chief, so if you take it literally then this could mean nothing, but we expect the Chiefs to want to bring Charles back. He's easily a top five running back in the league when healthy.

Jamaal Charles (knee) is done for the season.

The Chiefs designated linebacker Justin March-Lillard as their player that can be activated from Injured Reserve, so Charles will remain on IR and his season is over. Charles played in only three games and had 12 carries for 40 yards and a touchdown rushing, with two receptions for 14 yards after tearing his ACL in October 2015. The Chiefs took things slow with Charles, but he had issues when he returned and had a knee scope. The good news is Charles will get a lot of time to recover and hopefully he'll be 100% and ready to roll in 2017.