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Jamaal Charles signs with the Broncos

Jacob Contreras, contributor

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Jamaal Charles will have a new home in form of the Denver Broncos for the 2017 season. The former Pro Bowler signed a 1-year deal with the Broncos with a base salary of $900,000. Charles can make up to $3.75 million total with incentives.

Charles played college football at the University of Texas where he was apart of the 2005 team that beat USC in the Rose Bowl. In Texas, he was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2005 and First-team All Big 12 his Junior year. After his Junior year he declared for the NFL draft. He was picked in the 3rd round, 73rd overall in the 2008 Draft.

In his first 9 years, Charles has been one of the most productive Running Backs in the NFL. He is a 4-time Prow Bowler (2010, 2012-2014), and was the NFL leader in Touchdowns in 2013. Charles holds the NFL record with an average of 5.5 yards per carry.

Charles spent his first 9 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, but was released by the in February. He only played eight games in the last two years combined, totaling just 12 rushing attempts for 40 yards in 2016. With limited opportunity, he failed to average over 5 yards per carry for the first time in his career.

 

Prior to the injuries, Charles rushed for over 1,000 yards in five of six seasons from 2009-2014. He ranks eighth in the NFL among active players with 7,260 career rushing yards and 12th with 43 rushing touchdowns.

This is a big signing for the Broncos as they ranked 27th in rushing last year. Charles will compete with starting Running Back CJ Anderson and second-year Back Devontae Booker. While it is yet unknown how healthy Charles is, if he can produce this year it will help the Denver Broncos get back to the playoffs.

 

Credit: Bleacher Report

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