No Deal: Why the Raiders Should Avoid Jamaal Charles


News of Jamaal Charles’ release from the Kansas City Chiefs sent shockwaves through the NFL. Immediately, the calls for Reggie McKenzie to sign him flooded social media. Some proclaimed Charles as the savior of the Raiders rushing attack. With Latavius Murray testing the free agent RB market, some see Murray as a replacement. With that said, let me tell you this: stop.

When you hear the name Jamaal Charles, you think of the 7,260 yards 43 TD in nine seasons. As a result of prolific seasons, he’s the leading rusher in  Chiefs history. A four-time Pro Bowler, Charles was the heart and soul of the Chiefs offense.  A fixture in the community, eliciting nothing but praise from Chiefs GM Philip Dorsey, “I have a great deal of admiration for Jamaal Charles his toughness and what he’s been able to achieve in his time in Kansas City.” With this in mind,  why such a loved and respected figure leaving the team?

Declining production and availability robbed Charles of a HOF career. Charles tore his left ACL. in Detroit in 2011. Four years later, he tore the right one. Consequently, Charles saw the field in limited action. Due to additional knee surgeries, 2016 served as the end of his Chiefs tenure.

Where does that leave Charles, who hit the wrong side of 30 on December 27? I don’t know what the future holds for Charles. He could someway somehow miraculously recover and regain the form which made him so dominant. A more popular opinion is after nine years in the league, multiple knee surgeries and an inability to stay on the field Charles neds to retire. Charles has the right to play for as long as someone will continue to pay him. However Raider Nation should rejoice in the fact that the Raiders no longer need to court broken down players whose careers are quickly coming to an end.

All things considered, Charles and the Raiders don’t fit. On a team in desperate need of a power RB, there’s no room for his skill set. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard possess similar traits. Yet, there are much younger with better knees. Oakland doesn’t need to throw money at former All-Pros.

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