It looks like the Denver Broncos just got a little more dangerous on the offensive end.
The Broncos hosted Jamaal Charles for a team visit on Tuesday and before he left, he was signed to a one-year deal with the organization.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold, the Broncos took a “long look” at Charles’ knees in an extensive exam by team doctors and deemed that he was physically healthy enough to ink him to a deal worth up to $3.75 million with incentives.
Charles’ career has unfortunately been defined by major injuries. Recently, he tore his right ACL in 2015, underwent a right meniscus operation this past November and then also had a minor procedure done on his left knee while rehabbing his right one.
Therefore, his days as an every-down back are likely over, but the Broncos will probably use him in situations along with fellow backs C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker, who will probably also be in line for a generous portion of snaps at the position.
Charles didn’t hide his excitement in being able to share a jersey with Anderson in particular.
"I just love C.J. Anderson's game," Charles told reporters. "He's powerful, and he's fast. He is physical, and he breaks tackles. Just playing with a guy like that, I just want to come in here and help the team with my explosiveness. I want to come up and play for each other and push each other to get better. That's the goal at the end of the day. Now we're on the same team, so we're going to try and push each other to get to the one goal, and that's another Super Bowl.”
He’s also a big fan of John Elway, who he called his favorite player growing up.
"Growing up, (executive vice president of football operations/GM) John Elway was my favorite player," he said. "I just like the environment, the team and the organization. I wanted to be a part of it. I still feel like I can still play ball. I can keep up with the young people.”
Charles made two Pro Bowls with the Chiefs and had a number of outstanding seasons when he was healthy. Recent years have been tough due to his knee injuries, but the 30-year-old is treating this as a fresh start.
"It's behind me now,” he explained. “I really don't even want to talk about that. I love the organization and love the team. At the end of the day, it's a business, but it's also personal as well. It is what it is. At the end of the day, they let me go and I'm not there. I'm starting a new chapter, and I'm happy with my new chapter, really.”
The Broncos and Charles will square off against their rival Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football in Week 8 and then again in Week 17 on New Year’s Eve. While the veteran running back’s days of dominating the carries are most likely over, it remains to be seen whether or not he will stick it to his former team that released him in February.
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