The Kansas City Chiefs released Jamaal Charles earlier this offseason. However, the star running back isn’t finding much interest in Free Agency.
It was the end of an era for Kansas City Chiefs fans when the team released Jamaal Charles earlier this offseason. The Chiefs made the move in order to create salary cap space for the contract of safety Eric Berry. The decision would allow Charles to hit Free Agency early and potentially find a new home. However, there has been little reported interest so far.
It’s a strange year in the NFL as both Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson are free agents. That’s something that most people never imagined they would hear. However, injuries and age have taken their toll on the two star running backs. Apparently, that is also true of the market value for both players.
Especially in a year where the draft seems to be loaded with talent, it’s hard for teams to invest big money into either running back. At this point in their careers, it’s impossible to know just what you’re getting. So it makes more sense for teams to hold off and wait for the draft to play out first.
On the other side of the coin, this could actually play out well for the Kansas City Chiefs. If Jamaal Charles explores the free agent market and doesn’t find anything to his liking, a return to KC is possible. The Chiefs should be able to get a pretty cheap deal for Charles if he does want to come back.
However, I will be surprised if that pans out. There are teams that will need a veteran running back on the roster. One of those teams is surely willing to pay a little more than the Chiefs, and probably offer a better opportunity.
The Kansas City Chiefs may yet have a reunion with star running back Jamaal Charles. It would probably be an excellent bit of symbolism if Charles is able to finish out his career in KC. That’s definitely something that the fan base would appreciate.