Report: 'Mutual interest' between Seahawks, RB Jamaal Charles
Another day, another report connecting the Seahawks to a once-dominant free agent running back.
Days after Seattle was named as a desired landing spot by sources close to Adrian Peterson -- and hours before the official start of free agency -- NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported "mutual interest" between the Seahawks and former Kansas City Chiefs standout Jamaal Charles. Rapoport reported Charles is expected to come to Seattle when he begins his free agent tours.
The 30-year-old Charles is Kansas City's all-time leading rusher and a two-time first-team All-Pro, but knee injuries limited him to just eight games over the past two seasons. Prior to 2015, the former third-round pick from Texas reeled off three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons, including a 2013 campaign in which he led the league with 19 combined touchdowns.
Seattle is likely looking for depth behind third-year back Thomas Rawls and second-year player C.J. Prosise, who missed a combined 17 games in 2016. Their absences, combined with poor performances from a young offensive line, help explain why the Seahawks had their worst rushing season since 2010, ranking 25th in the NFL while averaging under 100 yards per game.
Regarded as perhaps the best overall running back in the league just a few seasons ago, Charles is hardly a paragon of durability, tearing his left ACL in 2011 and his right ACL in 2015. He underwent procedures on both knees last year, which limited him to just three games before being placed on season-ending injured reserve on Nov. 1.
Charles was released by the Chiefs on Feb. 28 amid speculation his career might be drawing to an end. Any deal he signed this offseason would likely be a short-term low-risk, high-reward deal, which could appeal to the Seahawks, who don't generally spend big money on the open market.
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