Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (L) picks up yardage after catching a pass in the second quarter of the NFL Pro Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona January 25, 2015. File photo by Art Foxall/UPI
Charles told reporters that he would like the Broncos to release him so he could have a chance to latch on with a playoff team.
"I ain’t playing. Might as well," Charles told The Denver Post. "No reason for me to just sit around and look at people play."
Charles hasn’t played as much as he expected after signing a one-year deal in May. That contract has a $900,000 base salary that could have been worth up to $3.75 million overall if the 31-year-old had reached all of the bonuses available in the contract.
That expectation has turned to nothing, as Charles does not have a carry in wins over the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts, and he was a healthy game-day inactive Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team has no plans on releasing Charles at the moment.
"That has not been a thought for us. Has not been," Joseph said on Tuesday.
Charles rushed a season-high 10 times in the opener against the Los Angeles Charles before seeing that number dwindle after fellow running back Devontae Booker returned in Week 4 from a fractured wrist.
Rookie De’Angelo Henderson has also seen carries with the Broncos (5-10) out of playoff contention.
"A good, young player who had a hell of a preseason. Just want to give him a chance to play," Joseph said of Henderson.
Charles has rushed 69 times for 296 yards to go along with 23 receptions for 129 yards receiving this season.
A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Charles was released by Kansas City in February after spending nine seasons with that club and becoming the Chiefs’ career rushing leader.
Charles tore his right ACL in 2015, costing him all but five games that season, then another knee surgery to repair a meniscus ended his 2016 season after just 12 carries and 40 yards.