Broncos sign Jamaal Charles to one-year deal

Charles, 30, has been one of the NFL’s best at his position over the last decade. However, injuries have limited him to eight games in the last two years.

The Broncos will reportedly meet with former Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles on Tuesday. (Denny Medley/USA Today Sports)
The Broncos will reportedly meet with former Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles on Tuesday. (Denny Medley/USA Today Sports)
Jamaal Charles agreed to a one-year deal with the Broncos on Tuesday. (Denny Medley/USA Today Sports)

One of the most productive running backs ever will trade in red and white for orange and blue in 2017.

Jamaal Charles, the owner of a lifetime 5.5 yards per carry average who spent the first nine seasons of his pro career with the Kansas City Chiefs, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Broncos, the club announced Tuesday.

Charles, 30, has been one of the NFL’s best at his position over the last decade. However, injuries have limited him to eight games in the last two years. Charles has carried the ball only 83 times since the start of the 2015 season. He tore his right ACL in October 2015 and has dealt with knee issues ever since.

Charles joins an already crowded backfield. C.J. Anderson is going into his fifth season with Denver. Devontae Booker, who the Broncos chose in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, is entering his second season. The Broncos also have De’Angelo Henderson, a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft, and Juwan Thompson, a former underrated free agent headed into his fourth season.

Ian Rapoport reported that Charles can earn up to $3.5 million on the deal.

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