According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with veteran running back Jamaal Charles. It's a one-year deal worth up to $3.75 million dollars according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Broncos and Jamaal Charles now have agreed to terms, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 2, 2017
Charles his 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 gives the Broncos a low risk, high reward type player. If he hits and returns to his pro-bowl caliber form, the Broncos have themselves a steal. If he regresses or gets injured, that's okay. The Broncos still have C.J. Anderson and 2016 rookie Devontae Booker on the roster. They also drafted DeAngelo Henderson in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. So they have some depth at the position if Charles does not work out, but if he does, the Broncos have themselves a playmaker at the running back position.
Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway tweeted out that he's "thrilled" the Broncos do not have to face him again.
Excited to have Jamaal Charles join the Broncos. A great addition to our backfield, and we're thrilled we won't have to play against him!— John Elway (@johnelway) May 2, 2017
How this signing affects the other running backs on the roster remains to be seen, but now we have at least three backs competing for significant snaps in the Broncos offense. How it plays out will be a storyline to watch during Training Camp and the Preseason.
Here are some highlights and comments about Broncos running back Jamaal Charles for his 2016 season with the rival Kansas City Chiefs.