Jamaal Charles says Broncos 'might as well' release him

Jamaal Charles said he wants to be released if the Denver Broncos are not going to play him.

The two-time NFL All-Pro running back has not played the last two games and was inactive for Sunday's 27-11 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Although he spent much of the season as the first option behind starter C.J. Anderson, he has now slipped down the depth chart behind second-year back Devontae Booker and rookie De'Angelo Henderson.

Charles, who celebrates his 31st birthday on Wednesday, remains convinced he can still contribute at a high level, and he if the Broncos will not play him, he wants out.

"I ain't playing. Might as well [move on]," Charles said on Tuesday. "No reason for me to just sit around and look at people play. It is what it is.

"I'm still going to be supportive of everyone on the team no matter what. I mean, they got my rights right now."

Charles, who ranks second among NFL running backs in career yards per rushing attempt (5.4), missed most of the past two seasons due to knee issues.

After spending the first nine years of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, he signed a one-year deal with Denver last offseason, expecting to be part of the team's backfield rotation.

Instead, Charles has only 296 yards and a touchdown on 69 carries this season. He has had only seven carries in the last five games.

The veteran said he has talked with his representatives about his future, whether that is in Denver or not.

"At the end of the day, I just got to see what's the future for me. That's the next step," Charles said. "If it's somewhere else or if somebody wants to pick me up. That's the future. I want to play still. 

"I want to play. I feel like I never got a chance to show people that I can carry the load, so I still want to [show] that I can carry a team. I want an opportunity. That's all I want."

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