Running back Jamaal Charles would be a good pickup for the Philadelphia Eagles at the right cost.
The Kansas City Chiefs released running back Jamaal Charles Tuesday afternoon. Charles, 30, has spent his entire NFL career playing in Kansas City, recording 7,260 rushing yards as well as 2,457 receiving yards for a total of 63 touchdowns over nine seasons.
Many teams are getting set to pursue Charles, but the Philadelphia Eagles could be considered one of the leading candidates to sign the three-time All-Pro back. Not only do the Eagles have a glaring hole at running back, but Charles is familiar with head coach Doug Pederson, who spent three years as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator.
Charles is exactly what the Eagles look for in a running back. He’s obviously effective on the ground, but also has the ability to make plays as a receiver. Versatility is important in the Eagles’ offense and Charles has the ability to create mismatches all over the field.
Of course, his injury history is concerning. Charles has played in just eight games over the last two years due to an ACL tear originally suffered during the 2015 season. He also missed the majority of the 2011 season with a torn ACL.
Due to his age and durability issues, Charles’ price tag will be driven down significantly. The Eagles will certainly be able to afford his services. The real question, however, is Charles’ value. After a pair of serious knee injuries in his career, could the Eagles reasonably expect him to play at full strength at 30 years old? After all, this year’s draft class is stocked with blue-chip running back prospects. The Eagles have eight total picks in the draft and could realistically find their running back of the future with one of their early-round selections.
Jamaal Charles would be an intriguing pickup for the Eagles. At the price, he could be a bargain. But his age and injury history are very important factors for the Eagles to consider before pulling the trigger.