Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has been so great for so long. But his time with the team that drafted him in the third round in 2008 has come to an end.
At just 5’11”, 199 pounds, Jamaal Charles is the modern-day Joe Delaney. Charles is a small RB but has a ton of speed and quickness with the heart to run hard inside. But of course, that lack of size made many around the NFL doubt him when he came out.
He had to answer the durability questions and did so on Sundays for seven years. But the last two years, he only appeared in eight of a possible 32 games. The Chiefs were able to win without him while paying him the high salary he earned in years past.
So it is of no surprise that the team announced on their website that they cut Charles Tuesday.
Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said on the website:
"“On behalf of my family and the entire Kansas City Chiefs team, I’d like to thank Jamaal Charles for his contributions and dedication over the last nine seasons.“Jamaal has been one of the most prolific players in our organization’s history, and I have an enormous amount of respect for what he has accomplished. He’ll always be a part of the Chiefs family, and we’ll be ready to honor him for his outstanding playing career when the time is right.”"
HC Andy Reid, who only had Charles for two full season, also spoke on the website, saying:
"“I’ve been privileged to work with a lot of talented players over the years, and Jamaal Charles ranks up there with the great ones. I appreciate the way he came to work every day, he gave us everything he had day-in and day-out. I’ve said it before, I think he’s a future Hall of Famer.”"
I don’t know what he plans to do but the Sun has set on his great career.