There was a trend yesterday of teams cutting loose some of their most prized players. With the free agent market looming, teams are letting go of their priciest superstars before those roster bonuses kick in. The Minnesota Vikings announced that they would not be exercising running back Adrian Peterson’s final year of his deal, the New York Jets released troubled cornerback Darrelle Revis, and the Kansas City Chiefs cut running back Jamaal Charles. Between Peterson and Charles you have arguably two of the best fantasy running backs over the last 7 or 8 seasons.
And when you discuss Jamaal Charles you know you’re talking about a special player (emphasis on the word special). Where could such a talented player land? Yesterday we focused on Peterson, so today lets take a look at Charles’ best prospects.
1) Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was the former offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, so he’s coached Charles firsthand and knows what he can do. Also the Eagles don’t really have that featured back currently on their roster, so they could be inclined to cut Ryan Matthews and sign Charles.
2) Green Bay Packers: With news coming out yesterday that free agent Eddie Lacy actually had more of an extensive ankle surgery than we were originally led to believe, there’s a solid chance that the big back misses all of the offseason workouts and potentially some of training camp. Charles’ versatile talents would fit this offense nicely.
3) New York Giants: Similar to Peterson’s top landing destination, the Giants are short on RBs with the release of Rashard Jennings. With Paul Perkins as the penciled in starter today, Eli Manning would likely want to have a competent starter as he enters the final stages of his career.
4) Oakland Raiders: The team currently doesn’t have a feature back, so Charles would have the chance to stick it to his old team twice a season while playing for one of the best up and coming young offenses. Sounds like an interesting proposition if you ask me.
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: As we said yesterday, Doug Martin’s lack of production in 2016 and suspension of the first three games of 2017 leaves an undesirable situation for the Bucs. Charles and his stunning career average of plus 5 yards per carry is nearly double Dougie’s effort last season of 2.9.