Well, that was quick. Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles reached an agreement on a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs just 24 hours after news reports said that the player would not report to training camp on Wednesday unless he got a new contract.
Adam Teicher of ESPN reports that the contract extension will run through 2017 and will pay Charles an additional $18.1 million, which gives the talented back an additional $5.1 million in salary over the next two seasons, which were the last two years under his contract signed back in 2010.
Given that Charles accounted for nearly 36% of the team’s entire offensive output in 2013, Kansas City realistically couldn’t have overcome their best player sitting out for any length of time in 2014.
“Jamaal is an elite player in the National Football League,” Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said on the team’s web site announcing the deal. “It was important for us to keep him here in Kansas City long-term.”
Though some observers may quibble about the sanity of giving an NFL running back a raise and extension at a time when the Chiefs have both Alex Smith and Justin Houston looking for long-term contracts for 2015 and beyond, the truth is that Charles is one of those very rare players that deserves every penny he earned today.
No one on the team works harder, complains less, and conducts himself off the field better than Charles. The extension is as much a sign to the other players on the team that the Chiefs will do their best to reward you if you perform.
The Chiefs training camp officially begins tomorrow afternoon at Missouri Western University when the horn sounds kicking off the first whole-squad practice. The practice will be open to the public.
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