After nine seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Jamaal Charles has been released by the team. Charles ends his long-time Chiefs career as the franchise’s leading rusher.
While this isn’t surprising to anyone, it’s still sad. Charles was the entire Chiefs offense for a long period of time and it will be sad to see him donning a new uniform next season.
Adam Schefter tweeted the news out on Tuesday afternoon.
Again, this isn’t surprising news, but it sure does suck. Jamaal Charles has been with this team during some of their really crappy years and is being released right when things are getting really good.
The truth of the matter is that the KC Chiefs proved they didn’t really need Charles when he was injured. Sure their run game wasn’t great in 2016, but with an aging running back and injury concerns, this is a move that makes sense for the team.
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The Chiefs are going to have to start creating cap space after signing both Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Berry to their contracts. Charles had to be the first to go in that group of potential cuts.
With Charles now gone, this opens the door for the Chiefs to draft a running back fairly high in the draft.
With guys like Dalvin Cook, Leonard Fournette, and Christian McCaffrey as first round prospects, there are certainly options for the Chiefs high up in the draft. They also could wait and grab someone like Kareem Hunt, or could opt to sign someone in free agency.
At the end of the day, this sure does suck, but it needed to happen.
Charles ends his time in Kansas City as the franchise’s leading rusher with 7,260 yards. He had 63 total touchdowns during his time as a Chief.
No one will ever forget Jamaal Charles or what he brought to this organization. He was their biggest weapon for many years and it’s going to be sad to see him elsewhere next season. This was just the best thing for the Kansas City Chiefs, and it’s time to accept that a new era is going to begin in Kansas City.
Even though this opens the door for a new guy to step in and be an electric running back for the Chiefs, this is still a sad day for the team and for the fans. Best of luck to you wherever you go, Jamaal Charles!
What was your favorite Jamaal Charles memory, Chiefs fans? Personally, mine will always be when he went off in Oakland for five touchdowns. He always owned the Oakland Raiders.
We’re going to miss you, Charles!