Big changes are already beginning to take place in the 2017 offseason. On Tuesday the Kansas City Chiefs released veteran running back Jamaal Charles, re-upped safety Eric Berry to a long-term extension and signed former New York Jets running back C.J. Spiller.
Charles, a four-time pro bowler and Kansas City’s all-time leading rusher, will head into free agency peaking the interest of several different teams. Some have speculated the Eagles, because of Charles’ tie with former Kansas City offensive coordinator, and current Philadelphia head coach Dough Pederson. Also in the hunt may be the Indianapolis Colts, given their general manager Chris Ballard was the Chiefs director of football operations since 2013.
In a statement released by the Chiefs, head coach Andy Reid said of Charles, “I appreciate the way he came to work every day, he gave us everything he had day-in and day-out. I’ve said it before, I think he’s a future Hall of Famer.”
Eric Berry will remain with the Chiefs after seven seasons, 429 tackles and 14 interceptions. General manager John Dorsey released a statement expressing his excitement in the Chiefs’ ability to keep Berry. “Keeping Eric Berry in a Chiefs uniform long-term has been a significant goal of ours. He’s a special football player and an incredible person. We’re thrilled we were able to get this deal done.”
The Chiefs signed journeyman running back C.J. Spiller who will compete with current running backs Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West and Darrin Reaves. Known for his blazing speed, Spiller had his most productive seasons in Buffalo, rushing for 3,321 yards and 12 touchdowns while also appearing in the 2012 Pro Bowl. Since then, he’s jumped from Buffalo to New Orleans to Seattle, and on to the Jets before being released in December.
The Chiefs have marginally improved themselves by extending Berry’s contract. It’s not yet March, but they look to be active in continuing to improve the 2017-2018 lineup.