Veteran running back Jamaal Charles is looking his way out from Denver. Speaking to The Denver Post recently, Charles said he would like to be released by Denver Broncos in order to find a spot on a playoff team where he could play for a change.
“I ain’t playing. Might as well,” – said Charles. “No reason for me to just sit around and look at people play. It is what it is. I’m still going to be supportive of everyone on the team no matter what. I mean, they got my rights right now.“
Although the player might want to sign with another team, Broncos coach Vance Joseph commented that Charles’ release “has not been a thought for us.”
Charles signed a one-year, $900,000 deal ($3.75 million with all the bonuses) in the summer, and had a nice start in the first three games of the season, having 28 carries combined. But since Devontae Booker returned from the injury in Week 4, Charles’ role was diminished and he had only seven carries in six games. The Broncos will also miss the playoffs this year, so they have decided to give a rookie running back De’Angelo Henderson a chance.
“At the end of the day, I just got to see what’s the future for me.” – added Charles about his situation. “That’s the next step. If it’s somewhere else or if somebody wants to pick me up … I want to play. I feel like I never got a chance to show people that I can carry the load, so I still want to (show) that I can carry a team. I want an opportunity. That’s all I want.“
Jamaal Charles spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs, before joining the Broncos. He is NFL’s all-time leader in career yards-per-carry among the running backs, so he supposed to be a big addition to the Broncos offense. It looks like coach Joseph had something different in mind.