As the new NFL year is set to begin on March ninth, three of the biggest stars of the last ten years are set to begin that period without teams as on Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs released former Pro-Bowler Jamaal Charles, the Minnesota Vikings declined their 2017 option on former league MVP Adrian Peterson, and the New York Jets informed former All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis that he will be released at the start of the league year.

Charles, 30, joined the Chiefs in 2008 as a third-round draft pick from Texas. He became their featured back midway through the 2009 season and went on to become the most prolific running back in franchise history. He is the Chiefs’ all-time leader in rushing yards (7,260) and averaged 5.5 yards per carry. He has the team’s single-game rushing record (259 against Denver in 2010). There’s no telling what Charles could have accomplished if his career wasn’t interrupted by ACL injuries in 2011 and 2015. He missed 14 games in 2011 and 24 games in 2015 and ’16 combined.

Charles bounced back nicely the first time, setting his career high with 1,509 rushing yards in 2012. In 2013 he set his career high in touchdowns with 19 (12 rushing and seven receiving). But Charles has been unable to fully rebound from his second ACL injury. He returned to play in the fourth game last season against Pittsburgh. He also played in the two subsequent games, scoring what would be his final Chiefs touchdown in a game against Oakland. Because of soreness in the knee, he soon went on the injured reserve list and had arthroscopic knee surgery. He was eligible to be activated late in the regular season but the Chiefs declined to do so.

Peterson, who restructured his deal with the team before the 2015 season, had an option for 2017 that would have paid him $18 million, including a $6 million roster bonus had he been on the roster on the third day of the new league year. The Vikings had until the start of the league year on March 9 to inform Peterson whether they would exercise the option. It seemed inevitable the Vikings would not exercise the option on Peterson, who played just three games last season because of a torn meniscus and turns 32 on March 21. The team could still work out a restructured contract with Peterson before the start of the league year or try to re-sign him if he doesn’t find what he’s looking for on the free-agent market.

Peterson carried 37 times for 72 yards last season, returning in less than three months from his injury on Sept. 18 to play against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 18. However, he sat out the Vikings’ final two games because of an adductor strain he suffered in his first game back. He won an MVP in 2012 and ranks 16th all time with 11,747 rushing yards, but he has failed to eclipse 40 carries in two of the past three seasons because of suspension and injuries.

Revis, 31, suffered a sharp decline in his skill and was scheduled to count $15.3 million against the 2017 salary cap. Revis’ ouster came 11 days after he was charged with four felonies, including aggravated assault, stemming from his alleged role in a street fight in his hometown of Pittsburgh. He’s due in court March 15 for a pre-trial hearing. His legal issues didn’t factor into the team’s decision to release him, a source said, adding that it was “100 percent football related.” The Jets are in rebuilding mode, and sources said the organization had decided weeks ago to release Revis. In a span of four days, the Jets parted ways with Revis and center Nick Mangold, two of the most accomplished players in franchise history.

Revis won’t go away empty-handed. Per the five-year, $70 million contract he signed in 2015, he’s due a $6 million guarantee for 2017. That amount can be defrayed by the amount he makes in 2017 from his next team. The Jets also cleared $9.3 million in cap space by cutting Revis. The team won’t try to recoup the $6 million, a source said. Revis’ recent arrest fueled speculation the Jets could try to contest the guarantee. The team performed its obligatory due diligence on the matter, studying the contract language, but it decided not to pursue the matter. Revis had indicated a willingness to accept a pay cut, but one was never offered. He also offered to switch to safety, but the Jets never gave serious consideration to the idea of him playing safety, a source said.

Revis returned to the Jets in 2015 after winning a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots. It was hailed as one of the biggest acquisitions in team history — he received $39 million fully guaranteed — but the second marriage failed to live up to expectations. Revis made his seventh Pro Bowl in 2015, but he wasn’t the same player last season. He admittedly reported to training camp out of shape and he was embarrassed on several occasions in coverage.

Revis, a first-round pick in 2007, ascended to stardom early in his career and became known as the premier cornerback in the NFL. His ability to dominate the top receivers launched the “Revis Island” moniker. Unfortunately he also became known for his contract problems, and a bitter dispute led to his trade to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012. The Jets received a first-round pick from the Bucs, which they used to select defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

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