Jamaal Charles: Dynamo to Domino

Jamaal Charles is a Kansas City Chief no more. He was cut today as a result of Eric Berry being signed to a mega-deal and as soon that deal was done everyone began to wonder how the Chiefs could afford it… and so… Jamaal Charles was one of the first dominos to fall.

 

 

Jamaal Charles was so beloved among Chiefs fans, coaches, and the owner… that when he was released today Clark Hunt issued a statement:

“Statement from the Chiefs chairman Clark hunt on the release of running back Jamaal Charles: “On behalf of my family and the entire Kansas City Chiefs team, I’d like to thank Jamaal Charles for his contributions and dedication over the last nine seasons. Jamaal has been one of the most prolific players in our organization’s history and I have an enormous amount of respect for what he’s accomplished. He’ll always be a part of the Chiefs family, and we’ll be ready to honor him for his outstanding playing career when the time is right.”

While this was expected, Jamaal’s release represents a changing of the guard by any measure. It is the end of an era that began with one excellent running back after another from Priest Holmes to Larry Johnson to JC spanning more than 16 years and of course there were the great Chiefs backs of the nineties before them.

Jamaal Charles is the Chiefs all-time leading rusher and holds the yards-per-carry record for all running backs in NFL history. A dynamo, the likes of which, the organization may never see again.

The story may not end here for Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs. It is hoped that he will re-sign on a team-friendly deal. Although JC could probably get more money from another team, I anticipate that he’ll end up a Chief once again. It will be as upsetting to see him in another team’s jersey as it would be to see Eric Berry in another teams colors.

When all is said and done, it’s hard to imagine it ending this way: from dynamo to domino. Even the mighty must eventually fall. Today is that day.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • berttheclock

    The only music I keep hearing in my ears is “Thanks for the memories”. Mr Charles, you gave so many of us such great moments. You will be sorely missed.

  • freshmeat62

    Personally, if he’s not 100%, I hope he retires. I hate seeing these great players like Emmitt Smith did, or Namath hanging on for a year or two more, just to get a few more yards on their record. I believe if he can keep the yards per carry record, that will get him into the HOF.

  • beat me to punch. there is a tornado warning over carthage, radio 610 kc had the news on Charles, but I was delayed. I think he will be missed. So this probably determines part of the draft as well(esp. considering the long term deal with Berry).

  • ladner morse

    #Chiefs overall touchdowns, 2008-2016Jamaal Charles, 64Dwayne Bowe, 39Travis Kelce, 15— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) February 28, 2017

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Aw man

  • ladner morse

    “Nobody Does It Better” for you Jamaal…
    .

    • berttheclock

      I understand the policy of management concerning not giving out various numbers to new players, but, I really hope I will not see Jamaal’s number on any Red and Gold shirt for a very very long time.

  • ladner morse

    ONE OF THE ALL TIME GREATS @jcharles25 FOREVER A CHIEF.— Tamba Hali (@TambaHali91) February 28, 2017

    • Roswell Incident

      I do love Tamba.

  • tm1946

    Loved the guy, one of the special Chiefs.

  • Tony Parker

    We all knew this was coming. More cuts to come. Who’s next???

  • Merlin

    Expected, but sad. End of an Era with Charles.

  • ladner morse

    SHUT UP ! ! ! !
    .

    Only TheS T R O N GSurvive ‼️#ithinkisee12#CityofNoPity https://t.co/0FZGM4Tna1— Albert Wilson II (@iThinkIsee12) February 28, 2017

    • ladner morse

      Bad timing.

      Please cut this player… and after you “cut” him… release him and let him bleed out!

  • larry mckinney

    Sadness. Such a player! Solid in every task placed on a RB. And just a joy to watch in the open field. He’s gone!

  • berttheclock

    In checking out any info regarding what may happen with Poe, I just read the long column by Joel Corry, the former NFL agent who opines for CBS Sports/NFL. He mentioned three teams interested in Poe. Atlanta, the Texans and Indy. All three have former KC executive and coaches involved. Corry’s long thread was based on player and former coaches or execs being involved with other teams and possible FA hookups in the next month. One other hot player item is the smash mouth OG, Zeitler, who would be far too expensive for KC. He did not include the Chiefs in his long thread.

  • tm1946

    Side note: NE says they will not franchise Hightower. No, we have a great Safety and OLB…only so overpaid the team is crippled to complete a 53 man roster. Toss in Fisher and the Canadian, both overpaid and we will chase NE even if we get to the playoffs, they are sharper football minds.

  • Laurels and limitations
    • Roswell Incident

      JC will forever be synonymous with that sick game at Oak he had. RB screen anyone? But I like the air surfing alligator thing, too.

  • jimfromkcj

    It saddens me to see these moronic move the Chiefs make over and over again.

  • Andy

    Sure feels like I lost a good friend.