Orson Charles
Charles with the Cincinnati Bengals
Tight end / Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-01-27) January 27, 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth: Tampa, Florida
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 116
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Cincinnati Bengals ( 2012 2014)
Career highlights and awards
*All-SEC First Team (2011)
  • All-SEC Second Team (2010)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions     14
Receiving yards     185
Receiving average     13.2
Receiving touchdowns     0

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

High school careerEdit

Charles attended Riverview High School before transferring to Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida for his senior 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 careerEdit

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

Professional careerEdit

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

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 SaintsEdit

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

Detroit LionsEdit

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

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

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]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On July 30, 2018, Charles signed with the Cleveland Browns.[12] He made the Browns final roster as the team's fourth tight end. Despite being listed as a tight end, Charles had lined up primarily as a fullback throughout the 2018 season. He appeared on the 2018 Pro Bowl ballot as a fullback, and Browns coaches have signaled they view him as such.[13] The Browns placed Charles on injured reserve with an ankle injury on December 13, 2018.[14]

On April 3, 2019, Charles re-signed with the Browns.[15] The Browns waived Charles on August 11, 2019.

Denver BroncosEdit

On August 21, 2019, Charles signed with the Denver Broncos.[16] He was released on August 31, 2019.[17]

Legal troublesEdit

Shortly before the 2012 NFL Draft, Charles was arrested for a DUI.[18]

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.[18] In February 2015 Charles pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment and will enter a diversion program.[19]


  1. Alabama's $30K BCS trophy shattered - 4/18/2012 - ESPN
  2. Georgia's Orson Charles Named Mackey Award Finalist
  4. Birkett, Dave (June 16, 2016). "Detroit Lions signing TE Orson Charles". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  5. "Lions sign TE Clay Harbor, release TE Orson Charles". October 4, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-12-21.
  6. Thorman, Joel (June 1, 2017). "Chiefs sign two players including TE Orson Charles".
  7. "Chiefs Roster Down to NFL Mandated 53". September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on June 3, 2018.
  8. "Chiefs Sign Eight to Practice Squad". September 3, 2017. Archived from the original on June 3, 2018.
  9. "Chiefs Sign TE Neal Sterling To Practice Squad, Release TE Orson Charles". October 7, 2017.
  10. "Chiefs promote TE Orson Charles to roster, sign DL to practice squad". November 28, 2017.
  11. Alper, Josh (May 3, 2018). "Chiefs cut a pair of players".
  12. "Browns sign 3 players". July 30, 2018.
  13. Edwards, Josh. "Browns' depth chart against the Panthers".
  14. "Browns elevate LB Xavier Woodson-Luster to active roster". December 13, 2018.
  15. "Browns sign TE/FB Orson Charles". April 3, 2019.
  16. DiLalla, Aric (August 21, 2019). "Broncos sign TE/FB Orson Charles, claim OLB Dadi Nicolas, OL Tyler Jones".
  17. DiLalla, Aric (August 31, 2019). "Broncos make series of roster moves to reach 53-man limit".
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Bengals' Orson Charles arrested".
  19. Saints TE Orson Charles pleads guilty in road rage incident - - 2/27/2015

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