The Denver Broncos have signed running back Jamaal Charles to a one year contract salary for 17′ is $900k, plus $100k workout bonus & playing time incentives up to $3.75 mill. Charles has chosen the #28. What is most important is this quote:
“I always wanted to play with Denver. Growing up, John Elway was my favorite player. I just like the environment, the team and the organization. I wanted to be a part of it. I still feel like I can still play ball. I can keep up with the young people.”
BOOM! Shots fired into Chiefs, (we stole the Seminoles’ War Chant), Kingdom.
Charles is entering his 10th NFL season after spending nine years with a Broncos division rival, Kansas City after being drafted in the 3rd round (73rd overall) out of Texas. Charles is a 5’11” 200 pound, four-time Pro Bowl running back and has made the AP All-Pro teams three times(’10, ’12 and ’13). In 2013 he led the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 12.
Over the last two years he has been limited to 8 out of 32 games due to an ACL injury in his right knee that he had never fully recovered from and returned too quickly in 2016. In 2011 he tore the ACL in his left knee but rebounded to have two of his All-Pro years in 2012 & 2013. The Chiefs released him in February.
On his knee injury that caused him to end the 2016 season on injured reserve
“I just wasn’t ready last year. I didn’t tear my ACL. I just went in there and got it cleaned up on my meniscus. That’s what it was. I wasn’t ready last year. If you go to my website, I’ll tell you the story of what happened. I just wasn’t ready.”
In Mike McCoy’s offense and being in this stage of his career, he might fit the role of “3rd down back” more so than RB1. Historically he’s been a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield and has 5 seasons with over 35 catches and he could be counted on as much of a receiver as a running back moving forward. He returned kickoffs his first two years in the league but that is not very likely at this point unless it’s needed on an emergency basis.
He’s 8th on the active rushing list with 7,260 yards. He leads all NFL running backs with 5.5 yards per carry with Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown coming in second with 5.2 ypc.
That’s the goal at the end of the day. Now we’re on the same team, so we’re going to try and push each other to get to the one goal, and that’s another Super Bowl.”
With nearly a decade in the league, Charles can be an asset to the young Broncos Quarterbacks as they line up in shotgun, he can help point out blitzes, and schemes as they dissect the defense pre-snap. Charles can also serve as another mentor to 2nd year back Devonte Booker as he progresses in the game. The Broncos passed on drafting Dalvin Cook who has been compared to Charles, and they passed on bringing in other veteran backs for meetings such as Adrian Peterson who signed with the Saints or Danny Woodhead who spent time with McCoy in San Diego and recently signed with the Ravens. Hopefully the contract Charles signs is of the low risk/high reward and team friendly in nature.
As mentioned above he was drafted with the 73rd pick of the 2008 NFL draft. Ironically the Denver Broncos originally owned that 3rd round pick. It was moved to Minnesota as part of the trade that brought Defensive Tackle Marcus Thomas to Denver in 2007 and the Vikings later moved it Kansas City in the trade that sent Jared Allen to Minnesota.
Jamaal Charles Career STATS