The Kansas City Chiefs didn't want to see their best player holding out, but Jamaal Charles has certainly earned the right to a more lucrative contract.
Set to earn just $3.9 million this year, Charles wanted a deal that paid him like he's the best running back in the NFL, and the two sides have reached a compromise.
Jamaal Charles will get $18 million in new money as part of his 2-year extension with the Chiefs, source tells @FOXSports1— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 23, 2014
Only Adrian Peterson will make more money than Charles among running backs now that Jamaal has his 2 year extension.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) July 23, 2014
It’s a 2-year extension for #Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles worth $18.1M in new money, source says. Extra $5M over the next 2 years. Top 5 RB $$$— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 23, 2014
In 2010, Charles signed a six-year deal worth nearly $28 million. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $2.65 million for 2014 to go with a $1 million roster bonus, but according to KCTV 5, Charles wasn't reporting to training camp until he got a new deal. Charles would have been the 11th-highest-paid running back in the league, per Spotrac.
Charles has rushed for at least 1,100 yards in four of the last five seasons. His 12 rushing touchdowns were No. 1 in the NFL in 2013.
His 1,980 yards from scrimmage last year amounted to 35% of KC's total yardage from scrimmage.