The Kansas City Chiefs All-Time leading rusher will not return to Kansas City in 2017. Jamaal Charles is the franchise leader in rushing yards with 7,260 as a former 3rd round pick in 2008 but will now be released. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news.
Chiefs are releasing RB Jamaal Charles, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 28, 2017
“On behalf of my family and the entire Kansas City Chiefs team, I’d like to thank Jamaal Charles for his contributions and dedication over the last nine seasons,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement. “Jamaal has been one of the most prolific players in our organization’s history and I have an enormous amount of respect for what he’s accomplished. He’ll always be a part of the Chiefs family, and we’ll be ready to honor him for his outstanding playing career when the time is right.”
Charles, 30, was set to make $6.2 million in 2017 prior to his release. His 2016 season was cut short due to knee injuries. He finished the season with just 12 carries and 40 yards rushing. It’s safe to say Charles will likely find a home in 2017. He is the NFL All-Time leader in yards per carry with 5.5.
This roster cut was likely the result of the new mega extension given to Eric Berry. For more on the Chiefs offseason click here.