Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles tore an ACL six months ago. At the launch of the team’s offseason program, Charles confirmed what had already been presumed: He won’t be participating in the upcoming Organized Team Activities. He’s targeting a training camp return.
“I’m not God, I don’t know the timeline, I’m going to wait until that time comes and hopefully I’ll be ready when training camp [comes] — it’s here already, four more months, you never know,” Charles told reporters.
You also never know how much longer the Chiefs will keep Charles, who turns 30 later this year. He danced around the implication when asked what he thought about the team bringing back Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware. He then was asked if he thinks the Chiefs are preparing for life without him.
“I’m just able to say the Chiefs gave me a chance to start my career here,” Charles said. “I’m not worrying about when I’m leaving. Just able to be a part of this organization is more important than telling what the future [is]. I don’t know, all I know is I’m still here and I’m excited and I’m going to cherish these moments [until] I’m ready to hang up my cleats.”
Charles has previously said that he views the next two years as the prime of his career. The reality is that, after the next two seasons come and go, he’ll be more than a year on the wrong side of 30, which continues to be the point at which NFL running backs usually begin to decline.
For now, the focus remains getting healthy. Charles said he’s running again, and that he hopes he’ll be cleared to start cutting soon.