Charles (knee) is approaching 100 percent in his recovery, per a video released by his agent Monday, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. In the video, Charles is seen performing agility drills ably, planting and cutting on both of his surgically repaired knees. Among his battery of ailments last season, the most serious was a torn meniscus in the right knee, which was notably not encased in a brace during the aforementioned workout. It remains to be seen where Charles will land as a free agent, but the veteran RB appears to be ready, if called upon by an interested organization.
Charles (knee) could be an option for the Packers, ESPN.com reports. With Ty Montgomery still under contract for two more seasons, Green Bay has understandably been connected with powerful early-down runners -- namely LeGarrette Blount and Adrian Peterson. The team might still consider Charles if the price is right, as he could potentially contribute in a committee featuring Montgomery and Christine Michael (or a draft pick). Fellow free agent Tim Hightower would probably be a better fit, offering a middle ground between early-down runner and pass-catching specialist. Charles may merely be the latter at this stage of his career, with injuries to both knees likely robbing him of his once-elite speed and explosiveness. He's expected to take his time finding a new team, perhaps hoping to regain some of that explosiveness before he signs.
As expected, Charles (knee) finished his visit to Seattle without signing a contract, The Seattle Times reports. The visit was never expected to result in an immediate contract, with the Seahawks merely hoping to gather information for a potential signing down the road. The 30-year-old has planned on taking other visits all along, perhaps hoping his stock will go up as his physical condition improves. Charles might opt to remain on the open market until July or August, at which point his knee likely will be in better shape and teams will start to lose running backs to injury. A few reports have suggested his knee is technically considered healthy, but it remains enough of a concern that the Chiefs were able to release him March 1 with a failed physical designation. Regardless of where he lands, Charles presumably will have to settle for a complementary role.
Charles (knee) is expected to visit with the Seahawks, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. With Adrian Peterson (knee/groin) and Latavius Murray also expected to visit Seattle, there's little question the reigning NFC West champions are in the market for a veteran running back. Charles was released by the Chiefs on March 1 with a failed physical designation, but he still hopes to be at 100 percent for the start of OTAs in mid-to-late April. The 30-year-old had arthroscopic surgery on both knees last season.
The Chiefs released Charles (knee) on Tuesday via the Failed Physical designation. In the minutes that followed Charles' axing from the Chiefs' roster, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the running back was healthy, but the official documentation from the league says otherwise. Indeed, Charles is hopeful that he'll be "100 percent for offseason training," per Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star, following the arthroscopic procedures on both knees last season. Although the more serious of the ailments was a torn meniscus in his right knee, Charles will likely have to pass a battery of tests, including a physical, before another organization rolls the dice with the 30-year-old.
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