Jamaal Charles to sign one-day contract, retire with Chiefs
Jamaal Charles will soon sign a one-day contract with the Kansas City Chiefs so he can retire as a member of the NFL organization with which he enjoyed the most success, reports 610 Sports Radio.
Charles, 32, was selected by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He went on to become the franchise’s all-time leading rusher, amassing 7,260 yards on the ground during his nine-year stint with the team.
Injury issues beginning in 2011 finally caught up with Charles, limiting him to five games in 2015 and only three in 2016. The Chiefs ultimately cut him loose in February 2017. Charles then caught on with the division-rival Denver Broncos, but was used sparingly, amassing 296 yards on 69 carries in 14 games. Charles then appeared in only two games with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018.
Earlier this month, Charles appeared to be reconciling himself to the notion his professional football career was nearing its end.
“It’s in the air right now,” Charles told TMZ. “I’m going to sit down with my family and try to go through the process of what’s the best thing for me and us, and I’ll move on from there [with] what my wife and my advisors say.”
Asked if he thought he had already played in his last NFL game, Charles admitted it was possible.
“It’s a possibility,” he said, “but I’m happy either way it goes. I’m happy in life. I’m happy right now. I’m just enjoying the ride while I can.”
Charles will close out his career averaging 5.4 yards/carry, tops for an NFL running back.