The Chiefs are signing Jamaal Charles to a one-day contract so he can retire as a member of the team, 610 Sports Radio reported Tuesday.
At one point, Charles, 32, was one of the most prolific running backs in the league. Selected by the Chiefs as a third-round pick in 2008, he became the team’s all-time leader in rushing yards with 7,260 over the course of nine years.
5.4 – Jamaal Charles averaged 5.4 yards per carry in his #NFL career, the highest ever by a running back (min. 750 career carries). Dynamic. pic.twitter.com/nEsbc4mOsV
— OptaJerry🏈 (@OptaJerry) April 30, 2019
He also averaged 5.4 yards per carry in his career — an NFL high for running backs with a minimum of 750 carries.
However, a torn ACL in late 2015 derailed his season, and Charles wasn’t his explosive self after that.
The Chiefs gave it another go for the 2016 season, but finally released the veteran back in February 2017. Charles spent that fall as a reserve with the Broncos, then hooked on with the Jaguars briefly last October but was cut after appearing in two games.
He said in an Instagram post at the time that he had likely played his last NFL game.
During his career, Charles made the Pro Bowl four times, was the league’s rushing touchdown leader (12) in 2013 and was a two-time first-team All-Pro.