Former Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will remain in the AFC West, joining a bitter rival. Denver Broncos general manager John Elway announced on Tuesday that the team has agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $3.75 million with Charles.
The 30-year-old veteran suffered a torn ACL injury in 2015 and was never the same. It greatly diminished his effectiveness on the field for the Chiefs during the next two seasons. He only played in three games last year, in which he rushed for 40 yards on 17 carries before suffering another injury requiring surgery on his meniscus.
It’s reasonable to question Charles’ durability at this point in his career. He will likely compete for snaps against Devontae Booker and C.J. Anderson, both of which have yet to prove to be a reliable starter in the NFL. Incidentally, Charles has recorded more career rushing yards against the Broncos than any other team in the league.
With the Ex-Chief now joining the enemy, it will be interesting to see how Charles is received among fans upon his return to Arrowhead Stadium.