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Jamaal Charles linked to the Philadelphia Eagles

Could Jamaal Charles make Giants players miss in a Philadelphia Eagles uniform in 2017?


Could Jamaal Charles Reunite With Doug Pederson

The Situation:

The Kansas City Chiefs are not in a good spot in regard to their salary cap. They have about 5 million to spend at the moment. Expect them to make a few major cuts to free up cap space. Jamaal Charles, with a salary cap hit of 6,187,500 according to, could be one of them. Tim McManus of ESPN linked the Eagles to him in an article this morning. Charles, 30, is coming off yet another injury-plagued year for the City Chiefs. The former third-round pick out of the University of Texas had season-ending surgery for a torn meniscus. The team went on a playoff run without Charles with Spencer Ware taking the majority of the touches. Ware totaled 921 yards, 3 touchdowns, and a 4.3 ypc average. He also snagged 33 passes for another for another 447 yards and two touchdowns. Furthering the notion that Charles may be a cap casualty, just yesterday the team signed veteran halfback, C.J. Spiller.

The Eagles:

Right now, the Philadelphia Eagles are expected to have around 10 million dollars in cap space, according to Over The Cap. Ryan Mathews is currently the starting halfback, but most expect his release from the team. Cutting Mathews would save the team 4 million out of his 5 million dollar salary. Darren Sproles is now 33 years old, already announced he is going to retire after 2017, and is due 4 million dollars this season. Behind Mathews and Sproles is last year’s 5th-round selection, Wendell Smallwood, and former undrafted free agent, Byron Marshall. Neither looked like a bell-cow back in 2016.

Doug Pederson and Jamaal Charles:

Doug Pederson has familiarity with Charles, being his offensive coordinator for 3 years in Kansas City. There was certainly success with the Pederson and Charles combination. In those 3 years, Charles made two pro bowls (2013 and 2014) along with a First Team All-Pro in 2013. He was a dual-threat for Pederson scoring 19 total touchdowns in 2013 and 14 in 2014. Then 2015 happened. Charles tore the ACL in his right knee and missed an 11-game playoff run by the Chiefs. This was his second ACL tear of his career, the first coming in his left knee back in 2011. With Charles out, Pederson’s offense did not miss a beat with a combination of Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West leading the way to the playoffs.

The Fit:

It is pretty obvious that Jamaal Charles would fit the scheme in Philadelphia. Doug Pederson took what he learned from Andy Reid and has tried to emulate that offense. The Eagles are looking for a running back. Charles’ dual-threat and home-run ability make perfect sense. The problem lies with the fact that he is now 30, and has missed 24 games in the last two seasons due to injury woes. Howie Roseman spoke earlier this offseason about not wanting to sign Band-Aid players. Jamaal Charles, at this point in his career is a Band-Aid. His asking price has not yet been released, but seeing as players like Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles are making over 4 million per year, Charles is not likely to sign for the league minimum. He is an electrifying back when healthy, but health is the problem. Currently having minimal cap space, the Eagles may seek younger healthier options to aid in the development of quarterback Carson Wentz.