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Chiefs Release Jamaal Charles; What's Next For RB?
According to multiple reports, the Chiefs are set to release star running back Jamaal Charles on Tuesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news and others have since chimed in with the same.

The Chiefs subsequently confirmed the news.

The news isn't a huge surprise. Remember, the 30-year-old veteran was set to count more than $6 million against the cap in 2017. In addition, the Chiefs, who only have about $5 million in cap space at the moment, signed C.J. Spiller last Friday fueling speculation that Charles might be on the move.

Charles' recent injury history was also an issue, but when healthy, he’s been remarkable.

He has rushed for over 1,000 yards five times since being drafted in 2008, averaging an eye-popping 5.5 yards per carry along the way with 43 touchdowns. As notes, that per carry average is the best of any running back in NFL history, and he, Jim Brown and Barry Sanders are the only players ever with five different seasons of at least 1,000 yards and at least 5.0 yards per carry.

Charles has also been a receiving threat out of the backfield, catching 70 balls for close to 700 yards with seven touchdowns in Andy Reid's first year with the Chiefs.

But Charles has been injured and was limited to just 12 carries for 40 yards last year and just 71 carries for 364 yards the year before.

As PFT's Michael David Smith put it, "Realistically, a 30-year-old running back who is that slowed by age and injury just can’t command much money in today’s NFL.

"Charles will hit free agency and can land somewhere, but he’s probably only going to get paid like a backup."

So where might that be?

In assessing the Eagles' needs in the looming free-agency period this past weekend,'s Tim McManus noted VP of football operations Howie Roseman and company could make one splash signing (wide receiver?) then wait for the second wave and search for lower-cost players to help bolster the roster. McManus added, "One name worth pondering if he shakes loose is Charles."

McManus went on to point out that Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was Charles' offensive coordinator for three seasons in Kansas City. Safe to say, Charles is a fit for the system Pederson brought to Philadelphia, which is similar to the one Reid runs in Kansas City.

In addition, the Eagles need to add to their backfield. Ryan Mathews suffered a neck injury late last season. The expectation is that he will not be back with the team in 2017. That leaves second-year back Wendell Smallwood and the 33-year-old Darren Sproles as the two main holdovers.

While both have value, it would be wise to bring in additional firepower. It's worth watching and I'll be doing just that in coming weeks.