Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles signed with the team when he thought they were real contenders. They’re not. Now, he wants to be cut so he can join a playoff team.
“I ain’t playing. Might as well,” he said, per Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. “No reason for me to just sit around and look at people play. 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.”
Part of his frustration isn’t just that he’s not winning, but that he’s not even really touching the field as the Broncos use C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker. He knew he’d split carries, but he never thought it’d be like this. He hasn’t had a carry in three games and has 7 in the last six.
“At the end of the day, I just got to see what’s the future for me. That’s the next step,” he said. “If it’s somewhere else or if somebody wants to pick me up. That’s the future. I want to play still. I turn 31 [Wednesday]. I want to play. I want to see, because 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. I want an opportunity. That’s all I want.”
It’s unclear why the Broncos won’t cut him, which coach Vance Joseph said they have no plans to do. The Broncos aren’t going to the playoffs anyway, so he can’t hurt them by signing somewhere else, and he’s not helping them if he’s not playing. Why not let him have a chance on his own?