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Former Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles signs one-year deal with Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles signed a one-year contract with the Broncos, the team announced Tuesday.

“Excited to have Jamaal Charles join the Broncos,” general manager John Elway tweeted. “A great addition to our backfield, and we’re thrilled we won’t have to play against him!”

The deal is worth up to $3.75 million, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.

“I always wanted to play for Denver,” Charles told Andrew Mason of DenverBroncos.com. “Growing up, John Elway was one of my favorite players.”

“Proud to join Bronco Country! I’m blessed to be a part of something special!” Charles tweeted.

Charles was in Denver for a free agent visit on Tuesday, and it was clear the Broncos didn’t want him to leave without a deal.

In an interview with SiriusXM NFL radio on Monday, Broncos coach Vance Joseph made no secret of the fact his team was interested in Charles.

“If he’s right and it fits for us, we’ll make it happen,” Joseph said.

Charles, 30, has had medical issues in the past few seasons, playing only eight games the past two seasons.

Charles tore his right ACL in 2015 after five games and appeared ready to return in 2016 before a meniscus operation in November ended his season after just 12 carries in three games.

Charles was placed on injured reserve both seasons and was released by the Chiefs in February.