Chiefs rumors: Orson Charles signs back to practice squad

NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 30: Orson Charles
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 30: Orson Charles /

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed former University of Georgia star Orson Charles back to their practice squad.

The Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly signed tight end/fullback Orson Charles back to the team’s practice squad on Wednesday in an under-the-radar move that keeps the versatile prospect close in case something happens on the active roster at multiple positions.

The Chiefs released Orson Charles on October 5, but apparently have been keeping close tabs on him. Now that the opportunity has opened to add him again, Charles brings a unique skill set and diversity that should allow him to make the roster if something were to happen to, say, Anthony Sherman, the team’s starting fullback, or Ross Travis, a back-up tight end.

The Chiefs currently lack a solid blocking tight end, instead relying on mostly pass-catching options like Travis and Demetrius Harris to back up Travis Kelce. The days of Jason Dunn and company are gone now that Andy Reid is head coach, but Charles is the closest to that type of player.

Charles has bounced around the NFL ever since he was first selected in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round. He stuck with the Bengals for a few years before playing in two games last season for the Detroit Lions. He’s appeared in a total of 31 games in his NFL career, starting 6 of them, with a grand total of 9 career catches for 109 receiving yards.