Charles’ status as a future Hall of Famer is about his only source of attraction in free agency. He has suffered injuries in each of the last three seasons, and his 2015 ACL tear was bad enough to affect his 2016 season, in which he played just three games.
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As for the Raiders, Charles isn’t the type of back they need. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard are on the roster as capable options in the passing game out of the backfield, which at this point is the most (perhaps only) valuable aspect of Charles’ game.
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Wentz got off to a hot start to his rookie season before he fell back to Earth as the Eagles lacked a big-play receiver. They potentially signed two on Thursday in former 49ers and Ravens receiver Torrey Smith and former Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery.
Jordan Matthews led the Eagles receivers last year with an average of 11 yards per catch. Matthews caught 73 passes for 804 yards and just three touchdowns.
Smith led the NFL with 20.1 yards per reception in 2015 and had a 13.4 yards-per-catch average last season with the 49ers dysfunctional quarterback situation. Smith’s career average is 17 yards per catch.
Jeffery has missed time over the last two years because of injuries, but the 6-3, 218-pound receiver could be WR1 for the Eagles. He’s caught 304 passes for 4,549 yards and 26 scores in 63 career games with an average of 15 yards per catch. If Smith and Jeffery can both stay healthy, the Eagles could return to the postseason for the first time since 2013.