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Report: Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles To Hold Out Barring A Breakthrough In Contract Talks

 

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will not be in attendance for the start of team’s training camp, barring a “breakthrough” in contract talks.

  • Brad Fanning of KCTV5 reported Tuesday night that Charles would not be reporting to training camp and is holding out for a new contract.
  • Terez A. Paylor later reported that Charles will attend the team’s training camp session on Wednesday, even without a new contract in place.
    • Paylor adds that the two sides have discussed a contract extension.

Charles, 27, still has two years remaining on his six-year, $27.97 million contract that includes $13 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of just $2.65 million for the upcoming season and another $4.75 million in 2015.

There is no question that Charles has outplayed this contract and is deserving of a long-term commitment from the Chiefs. Players such as Ray Rice, Reggie Bush and Steven Jackson all make more money than Charles.

The Chiefs haven’t made a lot of progress towards signing players that are looking for new contracts, so it will be very interesting to see how this situation plays out in the coming weeks.

Last year, Charles played a staggering 87.4 percent of the team’s offensive snaps and ran for 1,287 yards on 259 carries (5 YPC) while contributing another 693 yards receiving on 70 receptions. He totaled 19 touchdowns for Kansas City and was rated as the No. 2 running back in the league, according to Pro Football Focus.