Rusher Jamaal Charles has 50-50 Chances of Making Broncos’ 53-man Roster
Despite being the Denver Broncos' most experienced rusher, Jamaal Charles is unsure of making the team's 53-man roster at the start of the regular season. The Broncos signed Charles to a one-year deal with a base value of $900,000 with a $100,000 workout bonus.
Mike Klis of KUSA reported that Charles' odds of making the 53-player roster is at 50-50. Klis said this is due to Charles' history of injuries that caused him to miss 13 games last year and 11 games in 2015.
With Charles' minimum-salary contract, it will be easy for the Broncos to cut him under the salary cap. The amount of Charles' contract will increase to $3.75 million through incentives.
Before signing Charles, the Broncos already have C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker back along with rookie De'Angelo Henderson, whom they drafted in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Klis said the Broncos may keep three running backs and cut Charles.
Earlier, new head coach Vance Joseph said the four running backs will compete for the No. 1 spot in the Broncos' backfield. Joseph told Troy Renck of KMGH-TV in Denver that the coaching staff will choose based on what they'll see during training camp.
"You want guys to come in and compete for jobs every year. Obviously the guys who win the jobs win but the guys who don't can be capable backups," said Joseph, who replaced Gary Kubiak as coach in the offseason.
The Broncos are beefing up their running back corps, which finished 27th in the NFL in rushing yards last season with 92.8 yards per game, per ESPN.com.
The 30-year-old Charles suited up for 103 games with the Kansas City Chiefs. He ran for 7,260 yards on 1,332 carries with 43 touchdowns and caught 285 passes for 2,457 yards and 20 scores.
Booker led the Broncos in rushing last season with 612 yards while Anderson ran for 437 yards and four touchdowns in just seven games.
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