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HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 13: Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs waits in the bench area during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks will meet with former Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles this week, according to multiple reports.

NFL Insider Ian Rapoport said early Thursday that the Seahawks and Charles have a “mutual interest,” and Charles is expected to visit Seattle. also reported Charles will meet with Seahawks brass, likely next week.

Charles is well known as a powerful back. He boasts a career yards-per-carry average of 5.5, and has never averaged less than five yards per carry in a season when has gotten the ball at least 15 times. In his last full season in 2014, he ran for 1,033 yards and nine touchdowns.

Yet he struggles to stay healthy. He suffered a season-ending ACL tear in 2015. He never fully returned last season, and only played three games before needing a second surgery on his knee.

He was released by the Chiefs in February.

The Seahawks look to add a veteran running back this off-season, and the slated Charles meeting follows rumors of the Hawks taking a look at Adrian Peterson.

The NFL Free Agency Period begins at 1 p.m. PST.