With Rakeem Nunez-Roches' release becoming official Thursday in what was a move to create cap space, the Chiefs have elected to bring back Charles after releasing him just two days earlier. Charles has been a depth option on the defensive line throughout most of his NFL career, but he hasn't seen a snap since 2016 with Detroit, so his chances of ultimately making the Chiefs' final roster appear slim.
Charles was released by the Chiefs on Tuesday.
Charles hasn't touched the field since 2016 when he played 12 games for the Lions and marked seven tackles (two solo). The 29-year-old spent 2017 preseason with Jacksonville, but he was let go before Week 1 and remained unemployed for the rest of the campaign. Charles has always played in a reserve role, and that's what he'll compete for wherever he lands.
Charles was brought in for the Chiefs' postseason run, adding depth to the defensive line. Bennie Logan, the Chiefs' starting nose tackle last season, remains a free agent, which could leave more reps on the table for Charles. However, the Chiefs also signed Xavier Williams on Tuesday, who will also compete for starting time.
Charles will provide the Chiefs with some depth along the defensive front with 3-4 ends Rakeem Nunez-Roches (ankle) and Jarvis Jenkins (knee) both nursing injuries heading into Saturday's wild-card matchup with the Titans. Even if the latter two players are inactive for the playoff game, Charles likely wouldn't be asked to play more than a handful of snaps as part of the Chiefs' line rotation.
Charles saw limited action in last week's preseason opener, Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Charles didn't do much in his preseason action, with his most notable play being a missed tackle. He'll look to improve in the coming weeks as he prepares for another year as a backup along the defensive line.
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