SEATTLE -- The Seahawks and former Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles have "strong mutual interest" as NFL free agency begins Thursday. That's according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Seattle is also expected to talk to Packers running back Eddie Lacy and Raiders running back Latavius Murray, according to reports.
The Chiefs released Charles, a four-time Pro Bowl running back, last week in a salary cap move. Charles, 30, is the Chiefs’ all-time rushing leader, but injuries have slowed him down. He tore his left ACL in 2011 and the right ACL in 2015. He played in just eight of 32 games the past two seasons. That made the $6 million he was due in 2017 too high a price for Kansas City.
But when healthy, he's one of the most productive backs in the league.
Signing Charles would bring some veteran help to the Seahawks' backfield. Thomas Rawls is entering his third year, and C.J. Prosise is coming off his rookie season. But like Charles, both struggled with injuries last season. Head coach Pete Carroll said last week that the competition is open to determine the starter.
Rapoport says Charles is dealing with a personal matter at the moment, but will visit the Seahawks as soon as he's ready.
Lacy had monster years in 2013 and 2014 for the Packers, rushing for 2,317 yards and 20 touchdowns. But his production fell off the last couple of years as he's battled with his weight, rushing for just over 1,100 yards and three scores. He missed the final 11 games of 2016 with a foot injury.
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