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Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles "still wants to play football"

1/10/2017 10:38:38 AM
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Kansas City Chiefs veteran running back Jamaal Charles announced on his website Tuesday that he "still wants to play football".

Charles's desire to remain in the NFL really was never in question but where and in what role are matters of conjecture. Charles has played in only eight games in the past two years after suffering another ACL tear in 2015 and he produced only 40 yards in twelve carries playing in two games in 2016. He underwent surgery to repair both menisci in November and landed on injured reserve, but he likely could have gotten back on the field in the playoffs if the Chiefs had not been forced to use their return spot on a linebacker.

Charles has spent his entire nine-year NFL career with the Chiefs after they selected him in the third round of the 2007 draft out of Texas. He is revered by his teammates and fans and is the most recognizable face of the Chiefs franchise. Professional football can be a cruel business, however, and it is likely the Chiefs will decide to move on from Charles this offseason. He will probably have to sign a one-year, "prove-it" deal on the open market but there is no shortage of NFL teams that could benefit from his leadership skills and athleticism if he can truly get healthy. Charles turned 30 years old in December.

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