NFL Free Agency is winding down, but there are a few big names players still left unsigned. Near the top of the list is RB Jamaal Charles. Since the Kansas City Chiefs cut Charles, there hasn't been much buzz around him. But that won't last and Charles will be able to find a new NFL home.
At age 30 and coming off another injury-filled season, Charles simply isn't the same player he once was. He's no longer a top-tier running back, but he can at least contribute in a committee. Charles reportedly wants to play for a contender and that means he could take less money and/or a lesser role to do so. We actually had the Oakland Raiders in here, but it sounds like they're focused on Marshawn Lynch. With that in mind, here are four teams that could sign RB Jamaal Charles.
4. New Orleans Saints
Charles is actually from Port Arthur, Texas, which is closer to New Orleans that it is Dallas. The Saints lost Tim Hightower this offseason and the C.J. Spiller signing didn't work out. Adding Charles would give the Saints another dynamic agility back to pair with Mark Ingram. Plus, Ingram should happier with Charles than Hightower: Charles likely won't poach his goal line carries. The only backups to Ingram on the roster are Daniel Lasco, Travaris Cadet and Marcus Murphy.
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3. Pittsburgh Steelers
Le'Veon Bell isn't going anywhere, but DeAngelo Williams likely is. Knile Davis is now on the roster, but there's zero doubt that Charles is an upgrade. Bell shoulders a massive load, but adding Charles would provide the Steelers with a great backup to help out when Bell needs a breather. Plus, given that Bell has played in all 16 games just once in his career, getting a reliable backup is a sound move. The Steelers fit Charles' desire to play for a contender and he has experience playing under Todd Haley.
2. New York Giants
The Giants are still looking for running back help after cutting Rashad Jennings. They added Shaun Draughn, but he's not enough help for Shane Vereen and Paul Perkins. Although Perkins has potential, he's likely better suited in a committee. Adding Charles means the Giants don't really have a bruising back, but Charles and Perkins could make for an intriguing tandem. The Giants are also a contender.
1. Philadelphia Eagles
I thought this made sense from the start of free agency and I think it still does. The Eagles have Doug Pederson as their head coach and he spent plenty of time with Charles in Kansas City. Charles would be an upgrade over Ryan Mathews (or a platoon partner). Charles wouldn't necessarily reduce the carries for Darren Sproles (who is in his final year) or Wendell Smallwood. This one makes almost too much sense, even though the Eagles aren't quite the contender Charles wants.