The Kansas City Chiefs just released their All-Time leading rusher in franchise history, Jamaal Charles. Former Chiefs offensive coordinator and current Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said today that the team does have some interest in bringing Charles to Philadelphia.
“I’ve got some history with him in Kansas City for three years,” said Pederson, who coordinated the Chiefs’ offense from 2013-15. “I think he’s a tremendous running back and it’s something that we’ll evaluate now. And we’ll grade him just like we do every free agent and ever person that’s released and see where he can fit into our offense.”
Charles, 30, was still recovering from a torn ACL in 2016 limiting him to reduced work this past season. With Spencer Ware, Tyreek Hill, and Charcandrick West, Charles’ high salary was not worth paying. He could be worth the risk as he has the best yard per carry average in NFL history with 5.5.
Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner are all on the Eagles roster heading into this season. Philadelphia may have to release one of those guys if they want to add Charles.