Seldom-used running back Jamaal Charles wants the Denver Broncos to release him, so he can have a chance to play.
Jamaal Charles Wants Out of Denver
Charles said that if the Broncos don’t plan to give him more playing time, they might as well trade him or release him from his contract. “No reason for me to just sit around and look at people play,” he told the Denver Post. “It is what it is. I’m still going to be supportive of everyone on the team no matter what. I mean, they got my rights right now.”
Despite being healthy, Charles, 31, was on the inactive list against the Redskins on Sunday. Instead, the team played rookie De’Angelo Henderson.
Denver coach Vance Joseph, however, indicated that the organization had no plans to release Charles.
Looking for an Opportunity
Charles claimed that he had already told his agent to consider other options if the Broncos were unwilling to change his role on the team. He insisted that he still has a lot more to give, and that he can contribute significantly to any team.
“At the end of the day, I just got to see what’s the future for me. That’s the next step,” Charles said. “I feel like I never got a chance to show people that I can carry the load, so I still want to (show) that I can carry a team.”
When the Broncos play the Chiefs this Sunday, Charles is again expected to be a game-day inactive. In that case, he’ll miss the chance to earn a $100,000 bonus this season for 500 yards from scrimmage. More than the money, he said that all he wants is a chance to show his skills. And that won’t happen while he rides the bench. “I want an opportunity,” he said. “That’s all I want.”
The one-year contract that Charles signed with the Broncos expires in March. In the 14 games that he played, Charles recorded 23 catches for a total of 129 yards and 69 carries for 296 yards. He averaged 15 snaps per game, according to Yahoo Sports.