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LeRoy Butler is Pushing for Jamaal Charles for Some Reason

We’re not going to argue about whether former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler knows football. He does and we love LeRoy, but he’s way off base with this latest suggestion — that the Packers go get Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.

First of all, the Packers should NOT trade for Charles. There’s a good chance the Chiefs are going to release him. Kansas City is only $4 million under the cap and they’d gain $6 million by parting ways with Charles. Considering they are trying to re-sign safety Eric Berry and defensive tackle Dontari Poe, parting ways with Charles makes all kinds of sense.

Just this week, Chiefs GM John Dorsey was noncommittal on Charles’ future, which is as good a sign as any that he’s on his way out.

So let’s say Charles does get released. Should the Packers be interested? The only running back on the roster at the moment is Ty Montgomery.

We know many of you are blind to the facts and just see the name, but the answer is a resounding no.

First, Charles is 30 years old. He’ll turn 31 in December. I can count the number of backs who were productive after the age of 30 in the last 10 years on one hand. Hell, that might even be two fingers — Adrian Peterson and DeAngelo Williams are the only guys who come to mind.

Second, Charles has played in just eight games combined over the past two season. Charles tore his ACL five games into the 2015 season, the second such injury of his career. He lasted only three games in 2016 because of lingering effects of that injury.

Sure, if Charles is willing to come in for a veteran’s minimum or incentive-laden deal with minimal to no signing bonus, take a flyer on the guy. Any team would be foolish to stake the fortunes of their running game on Charles, however.

Fortunately, we know the Packers’ brass to be smarter than that.

The move here is to bring back Eddie Lacy on the cheap, pair him with Ty Montgomery and ram the ball down opposing defense’s throats in 2017.

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Joseph Bonham

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3 Comments

  1. PF4L February 10, 2017

    I agree about Eddie, but define “cheap”. Some team out there is going to pay him some cash, because of his occasional flash plays. Plus, there is no doubt that his agent will shop him,and Ted will let the market dictate, like he usually does.

    J C could really carry the rock, and catch it, but those days look to be over and i think K C knows it. Do we need to sign another high risk injury to this team? We have our share of those. Draft a hungry kid in the 5th or 6th.

  2. Xlvordie February 10, 2017

    Are we giving up on Crockett officially? He showed some ability. The faCT he was put on IR and not released (as far as I know) shows they must have some kind of interest in keeping him atleast for camp this year.

  3. Kato February 11, 2017

    No. Just no. Charles is out of his prime. Some team like Cleveland will give him 3 million