When running back Jamaal Charles signed a one-year deal to join the Broncos on Tuesday, he told local media that he “always wanted to play in Denver” and that he grew up a John Elway fan. Charles’ college teammate and former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley later posted on Twitter an old photo of Charles wearing a No. 7 Broncos jersey as proof.
Charles also said that getting released by the Chiefs in February after he had spent nine seasons with the team was “business, but it’s also personal as well.”
“It is what it is,” he Cheap Jerseys added. “At the end of the day, they let me go and I’m not there. I’m starting a new chapter and I’m happy with my new chapter, really.”
His comments seemed to include bitterness toward the team that drafted him and later cut him.
But on Thursday, while a guest on the podcast “Unmatched Sports with Cal Jones,” Charles used the platform to try to clarify his remarks and affirm that he has no ill feelings toward the Chiefs or Kansas City.
“I felt like it was more personal to the Chiefs than it was to me,” he said on the podcast. “Them letting me go, I love this community. I did a lot. I sweat, bleed, two ACLs, meniscus, I left that all out here in Kansas City. My heart will always be in Kansas City. It’s nothing personal.”
Despite two down Cheap nfl Jerseys seasons because of multiple knee surgeries, Charles hoped the Chiefs would keep him around. He played only eight games from 2015-16 after producing three straight 1,000-rushing-yards seasons. He wasn’t the same guy last year, and he admitted as much Monday. He physically wasn’t ready.
But had the Chiefs approached him about revising his contract — he had one year and $3.75 million in salary remaining — he would have taken it.
“I thought maybe they would give me a grace period. But I haven’t performed the last two years,” Charles said. “At the same time, I Customized Jerseys know it was about business. I think it would have been cool if they came and told me about a pay cut because I think I would’ve taken that pay cut, because I think I owed it to them for allowing me to be on the team. But I felt like when I got that call, it was just like, man, it was just OK, man. If it can happen to Peyton Manning it can happen to anybody.”
Manning was released by the Colts in 2012 after multiple neck surgeries and after missing a season to recover. In Denver, he also accepted a $4 million pay cut just two years after leading one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history and a year after guiding the Broncos to Super Bowl XLVIII.
Charles said he felt like “a free man” when the Chiefs released him, but then reality set in. More than two months passed before the Broncos hosted him on a visit and he signed on to return.
Monday he’s expected to take the practice field for the first time as Bronco, sporting new colors and a new jersey number (No. 28). His Kansas City homecoming will be Oct. 30, the Broncos’ first of two meetings with their AFC West rival. The teams will meet again Dec. 31, for the regular-season finale in Denver.
“I won’t be against Kansas City,” he said. “That sounds crazy, man. I would never be against Kansas City, because at the end of the day, they Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys gave me my chance here. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to show them what I can do. Right here was my first opportunity, my first dream to play in the NFL and everything started here. I wish I could have finished out, but God had a different plan for me, and I’m just excited for the next chapter.”
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