According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Denver Broncos will visit with running back Jamaal Charles on Tuesday. Schefter indicates that the Broncos are "enthused" about the visit and that it is a good fit for both parties.
Former Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles scheduled to visit Broncos on Tuesday, sources tell ESPN. Broncos enthused about it. Good fit for both sides— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 1, 2017
This sounds like it's getting done.
Charles is entering his 10th year in the NFL and will turn 31 years old in late December. Charles has been one of the best backs in the league during that 10-year span but has dealt with injuries the past two years. He was limited to just 8 games and 5 starts the last two seasons but did total 404 yards rushing on 83 attempts during that span which averages out to be about 4.9 YPC. He also totaled 5 rushing touchdowns and 1 receiving touchdown during that span as well.
So he has still been effective when healthy, but staying healthy has been the problem. Charles was released earlier this offseason by the Chiefs and his injuries were a big reason why, but Charles agent said his client was "healthy" back in late February.
Charles also proved how healthy his knee was last week when he had a video posted of him working out and doing drills. He looked good, explosive, and agile in these drills.
If/when signed by the Broncos, Charles would provide a nice compliment to starter C.J. Anderson and backup Devontae Booker. The Broncos were looking for a speed back all offseason and finally got one when they selected Coastal Carolina's De'Angelo Henderson in the 6th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Now they may double down on speed and add the veteran, Charles.
In 9 years in the NFL, Charles has totaled 7,260 yards rushing, averaged 5.5 yards per carry, and had 43 rushing touchdowns. He also added 285 receptions for 2,457 yards and another 20 touchdowns.
This would be a low risk/high reward type signing that the Broncos should do if his medicals come back clean and if he can pass a physical. If he does, and I expect he will, I believe he will be a member of the Denver Broncos in the next 24 to 48 hours.