Orson Charles

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Orson Charles
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Charles with the Cincinnati Bengals
Free agent
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1991-01-27) January 27, 1991 (age 27)
Tampa, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Tampa (FL) Plant
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 116
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • All-SEC First Team (2011)
  • All-SEC Second Team (2010)
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Receptions: 11
Receiving Yards: 162
Receiving Avg: 14.7
Receiving touchdowns: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Orson Charles (born January 27, 1991) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Georgia.

High school career[edit]

Charles attended Riverview High School before transferring to Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida for his Sr. year, where he was a teammate of Aaron Murray. During a recruiting visit to the University of Florida in 2008, Charles accidentally dropped the school's 2006 National Championship Trophy, breaking the Waterford Crystal football. [1] He played in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College career[edit]

Charles was named a finalist for the 2011 John Mackey Award on November 21, 2011.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Charles was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round, 116th overall, of the 2012 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he played all 16 games, starting 6 of them, accumulating 8 receptions for 101 yards. In 2013 Charles played primarily at fullback; He played 13 games but started none and recorded one catch for eight yards.[3]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On September 23, 2014, Charles was signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad.

Detroit Lions[edit]

On June 16, 2016, Charles was signed by the Detroit Lions.[4] He was released on October 4, 2016.[5]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

On May 31, 2017, Charles signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.[6] He was waived on September 2, 2017 and was signed to the Chiefs' practice squad the next day.[7][8] He was released on October 7, 2017.[9] He was re-signed to the practice squad on October 25, 2017. He was promoted to the active roster on November 28, 2017.[10] He was waived by the Chiefs on May 3, 2018.[11]

Legal troubles[edit]

Shortly before the 2012 NFL draft, Charles was arrested for a DUI.[12]

On March 31, 2014, Charles was arrested for wanton endangerment in Richmond, Kentucky. Charles was pulled over by a police officer after another driver called in a complaint that Charles had shown a gun multiple times.[12] In February 2015 Charles pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment and will enter a diversion program.[13]


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