Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson try out for Washington Redskins

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 03: Jamaal Charles /

Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is hoping to stand out among veterans for the Washington Redskins.

The Washington Redskins have turned their attention to a pair of available running backs with serious legacies to their name as they hope to shore up a thin corps at running back. For the backs themselves, it’s a chance to add further their playing careers in new places and potentially add to their Hall of Fame hopes.

On Monday, Washington will reportedly host longtime Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for a free agent visit. That’s one day after they spent some time watching former Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles work out on Sunday. The Redskins also worked out Orleans Darkwa as well.

As of now, NFL beat writer Josina Anderson says that she not hearing any preferences, but that’s likely because the team is still not done watching their options:

The Redskins lost Derrius Guice, their second round pick, for the entire year, setting back their efforts to improve the running game in 2018. Chris Thompson is still not ready to return from a broken leg from late last year. Samaje Perine just went down with an ankle injury, and Byron Marhsall is out with the same. That means Jay Gruden is looking at Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs two weeks before the regular season—hence the veteran tryouts.

Charles has always had health concerns of his own, but to his credit, he was healthy for 14 games last year for the Denver Broncos. Although he was used sparingly, he put together 296 rushing yards on 69 carries and 1 touchdown (a 4.3 yards/carry average). He was also upset with the lack of work near season’s end and wanted the team to release him.

Good luck to Charles as he continues to further his career. Washington could reap the benefits of a veteran player being overlooked because of age and injury history.