The day finally came to say goodbye to the Chiefs best running back ever…
Jamaal Charles just had too many injuries and hadn’t played much the past two seasons.
Still he holds many of the Chiefs rushing records, including most yards per carry and has four Pro Bowls. Sadly Charles played on average and bad Chiefs teams, so a Hall of Fame career is highly unlikely.
He will be a Chiefs Hall of Famer of course.
There was no big playoff win or game for Jamaal and that is a big reason he can’t get into the HOF down the road.
The Chiefs dumped Charles because they needed the cap room to sign other players.
Eric Berry finally got his money – $70 million over the next 6 years. He’s had a storybook career getting better with age and of course beating cancer. Last year Berry was THE best safety and was an All Pro. He’s earned the money and is the team leader today.
Charles may catch on with another team, but it’s highly unlikely he can ever play at the level he did a few years back. Age, injuries and his size are all working against him.
Adrian Peterson was released from the Vikings, so yes, the Chiefs will be taking a look. However I’d be surprised if KC signed him.
Like Charles, Peterson’s had little action the past two seasons. Injuries and age are working against him as well. He’s a bigger back so maybe he can play at a solid level again, but that’s far from certain.
Lord knows KC needs a good running back now.
All of that said, I feel bad for Charles…
Not a whole lotta hoopla on his leaving – guess it was expected. I believe Chiefs fans wanted to give Charles one more try but that’s that.
Jamaal will get some looks from other NFL teams. I’d say as a situational back at best. We all wish him well. Too bad he played on sub-par teams with no playoff runs.
He deserved better.