QJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
5 days ago

As expected, Charles (knee) finished his visit to Seattle without signing a contract, The Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The visit was never expected to result in an immediate contract, with the Seahawks merely hoping to gather information for a potential signing down the road. The 30-year-old has planned on taking other visits all along, perhaps hoping his stock will go up as his physical condition improves. Charles might opt to remain on the open market until July or August, at which point his knee likely will be in better shape and teams will start to lose running backs to injury. A few reports have suggested his knee is technically considered healthy, but it remains enough of a concern that the Chiefs were able to release him March 1 with a failed physical designation. Regardless of where he lands, Charles presumably will have to settle for a complementary role.

QJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
2 weeks ago

Charles (knee) is expected to visit with the Seahawks, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Adrian Peterson (knee/groin) and Latavius Murray also expected to visit Seattle, there's little question the reigning NFC West champions are in the market for a veteran running back. Charles was released by the Chiefs on March 1 with a failed physical designation, but he still hopes to be at 100 percent for the start of OTAs in mid-to-late April. The 30-year-old had arthroscopic surgery on both knees last season.

QJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
3 weeks ago

The Chiefs released Charles (knee) on Tuesday via the Failed Physical designation.

EDGE Analysis

In the minutes that followed Charles' axing from the Chiefs' roster, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the running back was healthy, but the official documentation from the league says otherwise. Indeed, Charles is hopeful that he'll be "100 percent for offseason training," per Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star, following the arthroscopic procedures on both knees last season. Although the more serious of the ailments was a torn meniscus in his right knee, Charles will likely have to pass a battery of tests, including a physical, before another organization rolls the dice with the 30-year-old.

QJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
3 weeks ago

Charles was released by the Chiefs on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Chiefs' all-time leading rusher has seen his last days in Kansas City after he was limited to just eight appearances during the past two seasons due to several knee injuries. The 30-year-old was heading into the final year of his contract, slated to make over $6 million, but the team has instead decided to move forward with the likes of Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West, and Knile Davis. After undergoing two knee surgeries in the past year, Charles is apparently feeling healthy and should be able to draw interest from at least a few teams around the league. In nine seasons with the Chiefs, he rushed for 7,260 yards and 43 touchdowns, becoming the staple of Kansas City's offense and one of the top fantasy producers for over half a decade.

QJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
1 month ago

General manager John Dorsey still sees Charles as a Chiefs player, but said, "we'll see what happens in March," regarding his future with the team, NFL.com reports

EDGE Analysis

Charles has played just eight games over the past two seasons due to knee injuries and is slated to count over $6 million against the salary cap in what's currently set to be the final year of his contract with the Chiefs next season. Given the 30-year-old's unfortunate injury history, as well as Spencer Ware's emergence this past season, that evaluation likely exceeds what the Chiefs are willing to pay Charles, particularly considering their tight cap situation. However, after Dorsey complemented Charles' relentless approach to returning to health, not to mention his previous accomplishments with the team, there remains a possibility that the veteran returns to Kansas City under a restructured deal, which makes his situation an interesting one to monitor over the next month or so.

QJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
2 months ago

Charles wrote on his personal website that he wants to continue playing football despite the knee problems he's recently endured.

EDGE Analysis

Charles put together a thoughtful piece that updated his situation in detail. The running back revealed that his latest knee injury, which saw him placed on injured reserve Nov. 1, occurred after making a cut during a post-practice workout. That resulted in Charles having cleanup surgeries on both his meniscuses, and ultimately preventing him from returning for the playoffs. Given his unfortunate history of knee problems, the 30-year-old admitted he doesn't know why his future holds, particularly with next season being the last on his current contract with the Chiefs, but he knows he wants to resume his career, which should make it worthwhile to track his situation this offseason.

QJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
3 months ago

The Chiefs' move Wednesday to designate Justin March-Lillard as the team's IR/Designated For Return player confirms that Charles (knee) won't be activated by the team this season, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

There had been hope that Charles might be able to make a return to action during the postseason, but the team opted to add depth at linebacker in March-Lillard, rather than consider Charles to bolster the team's backfield depth. The Chiefs will thus move forward with Spencer Ware and Charcandrick as their top two running backs.

QJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
3 months ago

Charles (knee) has a "very realistic" chance of returning to play in the postseason, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

Charles was placed on injured reserve Nov. 1 after experiencing pain in both of his knees. That followed Charles tearing his right ACL in October of last year. Since landing on IR, Charles has undergone clean-up surgeries on both his meniscuses, but he's eligible to return in Week 17 and must be feeling better if he's aiming to be activated for the playoffs. Whether that comes to fruition remains to be seen, but having Charles back available would certainly provide a boost to Kansas City's running back options under that scenario.

QJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
4 months ago7 Comments

Charles had his left knee scoped Monday, ESPN's Adam Teicher reports.

EDGE Analysis

Charles, who is on the Chiefs' IR list, previously had his right knee scoped and Monday's procedure would seem to make him a long-shot to be considered as a candidate to return this season. The team's backfield with thus continue to be led by Spencer Ware, with Charcandrick West, Knile Davis and Bishop Sankey in reserve.

QJamaal Charles
RB KC (5)
5 months ago

Chiefs coach Andy Reid is uncertain whether Charles (knee) will return to play this season, Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Charles was placed on injured reserve this week in advance of another knee surgery, ruling him out for at least eight weeks. Although that timetable leaves the possibility of him returning for the regular season finale, Reid is unsure if Charles will ultimately be able to. As a result, Spencer Ware (concussion) and Charcandrick West figure to serve as Kansas City's top tailbacks until further notice, with the latter slated to start this weekend against the Jaguars in the former's absence.