Four-time Pro Bowler and Kansas City Chiefs career leading rusher Jamaal Charles is returning to where his career began.
At least for a day.
Sports Radio 610 first reported Tuesday that Charles will sign a one-day contract this week and retire with his original team.
The move will bring Charles’ career to an expected end after uncertainty surrounded last season. He appeared in just two games for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Asked if he thought he had already played in his last NFL snap, Charles admitted it was possible during an interview with TMZ
“It’s a possibility,” the future Chiefs Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor member said, “but I’m happy either way it goes. I’m happy in life. I’m happy right now. I’m just enjoying the ride while I can.”
Selection in the third round out of Texas in 2008, Charles immediately became the focal point of the Kansas City Chiefs offense. A stellar second half of the season led him to a 1,000-yard season.
In 2010, Charles exploded for 1,467 yards and went on to earn the first of four Pro Bowl selections.
After a regime change saw Andy Reid take over as head coach, Charles’ game changed along with it. Charles caught 70 passes and seven touchdowns, adding in 12 touchdowns on the ground to lead the NFL with 19 scores.
In his nine season with the Chiefs, Charles tallied 7,260 yards. He was released in February 2017 after injuries caught up to him.
Charles initially tore his ACL in 2011 and reinjured his knee in 2015. His 2016 season was plagued with injuries and he appeared in just three games.
Charles spent the 2018 season with the Denver Broncos.
Charles, an All-America sprinter at Texas, turned his breakaway speed into highlight-reel touchdown runs. He had five touchdown runs of 76 yards or longer and nine touchdown plays of 56 yards or longer.
His top moments included rushing for 259 yards in the final regular season game of 2009 and total five touchdowns against Oakland in 2013. He tallied four touchdown receptions and 195 yards receiving in that contest.