Jamaal Charles‘ stay with a third NFL team did not last long. The Jaguars are releasing the two-time All-Pro running back, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.
The Carlos Hyde acquisition will lead to Charles losing his job. He received just six carries with his latest team. The Jags signed linebacker Nick DeLuca to take Charles’ roster spot.
Jacksonville added Charles to help a backfield missing starter Leonard Fournette. But the team clearly didn’t feel its sans-Fournette running back situation was strong enough, deciding to unload a fifth-round pick for Hyde, who will be set to debut for his new team on Sunday in London.
The Chiefs’ all-time rushing leader and one of the best yards-per-carry runners in NFL history, Charles will return to free agency. He’d resided there since the Broncos let him walk in the offseason. The 31-year-old back gained seven yards on those six carries and appears to be near the end of a decorated NFL career.
DeLuca will join a Jags team that saw reserve linebacker Donald Payne suffer a knee injury in Sunday’s loss to the Texans.