Chiefs to cut Jamaal Charles

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One of the great players in Chiefs history is on the way out in Kansas City.

The Chiefs have decided to release running back Jamaal Charles, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Charles has had an outstanding career in Kansas City: His average of 5.5 yards per carry is the best of any running back in NFL history, and he, Jim Brown and Barry Sanders are the only players ever with five different seasons of at least 1,000 yards and at least 5.0 yards per carry.

But Charles has been injured and was limited to just 12 carries for 40 yards last year and just 71 carries for 364 yards the year before. Realistically, a 30-year-old running back who is that slowed by age and injury just can’t command much money in today’s NFL.

Charles will hit free agency and can land somewhere, but he’s probably only going to get paid like a backup.

54 responses to “Chiefs to cut Jamaal Charles

  1. This is why players should always take the money and show no loyalty to anyone except themselves and their family.

  2. Charles and Peterson hitting the market same day. Some team will bite on these guys. Not for big money but they should both get low guarantees with a lot of incentives.

  3. “Charles will hit free agency and can land somewhere, but he’s probably only going to get paid like a backup.”

    That actually sounds perfect for his needs. Its clear he cant take the lead back pounding any more. But as a backup he can save his body for the right moments and the dude does have skills.

  4. Sigh…. here come my fellow Pats fans with talk of signing JC… Free agency time is always crazy – everyone thinks their team is in the mix on some big name that gets let go, and rarely they are.

    I for one hope that the Patriots draft a RB (or two) this year and don’t bring Blount back (and don’t sign an aging veteran at that position).

  5. this had to be a very tough decision for John Dorsey. Jamaal has a toughness that measures up well with his world class speed and is a complete asset in the locker room.
    Sorry to see him go as he definitely accomplished a lot of great things.

  6. “Charles will hit free agency and can land somewhere, but he’s probably only going to get paid like a backup.”

    Like a backup with a heavy incentive package is probably closer to the truth.

  7. Won’t be as productive as 5.5 ypc but can definitely still be an impact player and form a great backfield pairing with a young drafted RB. At 30 he most likely wants to play for a winner and I think Green Bay, New York Giants, and Seattle make the most sense for Jamaal in terms of matching playing time and possibly playoffs.

  8. hi jamaal this is bill belichick, what ring size do you wear?
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    31 GM’s see a washed up 30 year old running back.

    BB says “I can make the most out of 75 carries from a former game changer. Will you take the veteran minimum?”

  9. Looks like AP has some company. 30 plus year old RB’s aren’t a need in the NFL for the money they think they are worth. When you can sign a younger player for half the money.
    Not a KC fan, but i’m a fan of Charles very good player. Wish him well

  10. What are you talking about? the Chiefs have been loyal to this guy, they stuck by him through 2 torn acls and numerous injuries. The last two seasons he only played a handful of games and he didnt look as good coming back from his 2nd torn acl last season.

    moknowsbo says:
    Feb 28, 2017 2:19 PM
    This is why players should always take the money and show no loyalty to anyone except themselves and their family.

    3 0

  11. I’d like to see him used as a third down back and received out of the backfield. I’d like to see him limited to 10 touches a game and not be the workhorse until he’s injured. Which is always what happens to Reggie Bush.

  12. @ aliveguy24 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 2:15 PM

    Doug Peterson on line 1
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    After watching Ryan Mathews play every other game and miss many others in 2 years, no thanks!

  13. This is why Martellus Bennett is telling fans to go for a walk. These teams will drop you in a heartbeat if you endure a serious injury. In the NFL, loyalty is a concept that praises upwards from players to execs, not from execs to players.

  14. Have to make that cap space for Berry somewhere. JC still has some gas but not enough to warrant his current contract.

  15. For those fans here talking about how players should be loyal only to themselves, keep in mind two factors:

    First, winning does matter, and a player who throws away a chance at a championship over a slight reduction in salary, has to understand the risk.

    Second, countless NFL players majored in football during their college careers, and were well aware of the short-term nature of their playing careers. They decided it would be better to gamble on the chances of incredible wealth and fame at age 22, instead of taking the route most of us travel.

  16. Thomas Jones retired at 33 after playing for 5 different teams. I was a big fan of the guy, but he’s not really relevant to Charles getting cut.

    I miss the old days where a 30-35 year old running back was still a okay thing to have on your roster. Thomas Jones anyone?

  17. He’s only played in 8 of their last 33 games. How can you miss him when he’s seemingly been already gone for two seasons? Any team signing him is getting damaged goods and he’ll get short money plus incentives, but the Chiefs need to move on.

  18. ch1ggs says:
    Feb 28, 2017 2:27 PM

    There’s no way Bill Belichick goes anywhere near him; he’s too injured.
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    BB took a chance on deon lewis too, no?

  19. I miss the old days where a 30-35 year old running back was still a okay thing to have on your roster. Thomas Jones anyone?
    ===

    Agreed.. but Thomas Jones is a questionable example to make your point.

    In 9 seasons (2003-2011) Jones never missed single game and avearged 1200 yards/year from scrimmage.

    How many 30+year-old RBs can you say that about?

  20. To think Chiefs fans were all over Marshall Faulk when he suggested they traded Charles…Two years ago! Maybe just maybe Marshall knows a thing or two about RBs.

  21. irkjames says:
    Feb 28, 2017 2:47 PM

    This is why Martellus Bennett is telling fans to go for a walk. These teams will drop you in a heartbeat if you endure a serious injury. In the NFL, loyalty is a concept that praises upwards from players to execs, not from execs to players.
    ——————

    Well, the Chiefs kept Charles through a couple of injuries, and kept Berry, even though he had cancer.

    If you are late in your career, and have been out a couple of seasons due to injury, you are more than likely getting cut.

  22. moknowsbo says:
    Feb 28, 2017 2:19 PM

    This is why players should always take the money and show no loyalty to anyone except themselves and their family.

    ___________________________________

    Except prior to those injuries he got an extension, while holding out.

  23. rockbot69 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 2:47 PM
    I miss the old days where a 30-35 year old running back was still a okay thing to have on your roster. Thomas Jones anyone?

    John Riggins was a boss at the back end of his career. Not a Skins fan but cra cra respect for the real Diesel.

  24. TheCakeIsALie says:
    Feb 28, 2017 2:29 PM
    hi jamaal this is bill belichick, what ring size do you wear?
    =====================================

    Bill and Jamaal are getting married??? Isn’t Bill already married to Tom though?

  25. Big JC fan…..loved watching this guy do his thing…. Just amazing explosive play maker…. Yes he’s been injured the last couple years but if he has fully recovered, I’d love to see him in a Patriots uniform…. But no matter what, I wish him the very best no matter where his destiny may be…..
    Go JC….Go Pats!!!!

  26. Game breaker. One of the best in players and human beings in Chiefs history. Such a pleasure watching this man run the rock. Best of luck next year, though it will be tough seeing you in a different uniform. Stay healthy, retire young & rich, enjoy the rest of your life. Thank you for representing us so well.

  27. Good on the Chiefs if they do cut Charles now and give him a chance to talk to other teams before free agency starts.

    Peterson and every other free agent will (supposedly) have to wait until 9th March before they can talk money (we all know they still do).

  28. irkjames says:
    This is why Martellus Bennett is telling fans to go for a walk. These teams will drop you in a heartbeat if you endure a serious injury. In the NFL, loyalty is a concept that praises upwards from players to execs, not from execs to players.
    —-
    What a load of fanboy crap. The NFL is a business, period! Teams are ALWAYS looking out for their best interests, and players are ALWAYS looking out for theirs. Players have no more loyalty than teams do. Guys like you whine when an injured player is released, yet when a player becomes a free agent and gets a chance at more money elsewhere he can dump the team and its loyal fans (customers) and guys like you say “well, it’s just business; he’s looking out for his family.” Of course, that last part is quite true. But teams also have the right to look out for their best interests. It basically comes down to which side has the leverage at a given point in time. Loyalty, or a lack thereof, runs both ways. You’re fooling yourself by pretending otherwise.

  29. All ye Chiefs fans lamenting the monumental loss of the legendary Jamaal Charles, I offer this. Have you ever tried listening to an interview with him? ‘

    He’s as dumb as a rock, and that’s putting it nicely. He was asked about a game, in which he had 2 fumbles, and he blamed every other player on the team for HIS mistakes. Lost complete respect for him them. You can be stupid, but you should try and be just a wee bit humble to atone.

  30. qbarrel says:
    Feb 28, 2017 5:10 PM
    I’d roll the dice on Charles over AP and his hands of stone any day of the week

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    I’m taking neither, both of guys that have been battling with injuries over the last few years. My issue with AP is that he production hasn’t been good over his last 8-10 games. But Charles career have been built mainly off of his speed, he’s not the physical style of runner. Now almost 30 and having his acl torn twice with 3 operations to fix it, you have to wonder how much speed does he have left

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