Could Eagles Create a Reunion Between Jamaal Charles, Doug Pederson?

By Tom Long, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly interested in former Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. Charles has spent nine seasons with the Chiefs and accumulated over 7,000 yards during his tenure.

Head coach Doug Pederson was formerly the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs. During Pederson and Charles' time together, Charles posted 2,684 rushing yards, 1,161 receiving yards, and 33 total touchdowns. This, however, was a result from three seasons under Pederson — one of these in which Charles missed 11 games.

These numbers are quite impressive and would add much value to the Eagles running game. That being said, Charles is now 30 years old. In his prime, Charles was easily regarded as a Top-10 running back in the league. Could Charles recapture enough from his glory days to make a significant impact for the Eagles heading forward?

Charles has only played eight games in the last two seasons, suggesting that Charles may never stay healthy enough to compete at a high level again.

The Eagles current situation is a mix-up, however. Ryan Mathews is expected to be moved during the offseason. The Eagles will then be left with a tag-team effort from Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood. It's quite easy to imagine a healthy Charles being more productive than what the Eagles currently have.

The Eagles will have many interests over the offseason while trying to fill many holes. Charles is an added option to the running back position now that he is free to sign with anyone as well. But do the Eagles really want to go down that road again — to pick up a running back with questionable health?

Still, it's easy to see why Charles is on the radar, given his past with Pederson and the Eagles need for a running back. 

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