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Unread 2017-05-17, 04:12 PM   #118
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Broncos Insider Thinks Star Free Agent Pickup Might Not Make Roster

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This offseason, the running back market took a hit, despite the big name backs available. Charles' stock took a hit, but he found a suitor earlier this month.

The Denver Broncos signed Charles to a one-year, $3.75 million contract. Despite it only being a one-year deal, it is not a guarantee that Charles even makes the regular season roster.

According to Broncos insider Mike Klis of NBC 9 News in Colorado, Charles has a "50-50 chance" to make the team.​
​​"The Broncos brought in the great Jamaal Charles but because of his knee injuries, Id put his chances of making the season-opening roster at 50-50," said Klis. "His low-guarantee, one-year minimum contract with heavy incentives suggests doubts as to whether he can make it -- but its a risk worth taking."

Klis does bring up good points. Charles has had multiple knee injuries throughout his nine year career, which is a valid reason as to why many teams did not want to take a long-term or short-term chance with Charles.
​​The signing was odd, considering the Broncos already crowded backfield. C.J. Anderson is the lead back, with second-year running back Devontae Booker and rookie sixth round draft pick De'Angelo Henderson as backups.

Klis brought up the other backs on the team as well and how it could effect the landscape of the backfield.

"If Charles proves healthy, Booker and Henderson may well compete for that game-day No. 3 running back slot," said Klis. "There wont be four game-day tailbacks..."

When taking this into consideration, it does appear that the 50-50 odds are legitimate, considering Charles' injury history and the performance of the other Broncos running backs.

Charles' status will be one to keep an eye on throughout training camp and the preseason this summer.

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