The Kansas City Chiefs know they have a premiere running back in Jamaal Charles, and they know how important he is to their success. That's why they weren't going to even give him a chance to sit in a holdout and miss any of training camp. The Chiefs agreed to a new deal with Charles that will add two years and a lot of money to his current contract.
Under the new deal, Charles will make $18.1 million more in new money. Back in 2010, he signed a six-year, $28 million deal that was going to pay him $3.9 million in 2014. This new contract extension runs through 2017 and will up his 2014 salary to $8.3 million.
Charles tweeted that he "had no intention on holding out...I just ran out of gas on the way to camp and my cell phone battery died. It was a long walk I tell ya."
This tweet was in response to all of those asking why Charles was absent from the first day of Kansas City Chiefs camp in which veterans were to report. Now, he certainly won't be missing any more training camp time and will be on the field with his teammates.
This new contract will make him the second-highest paid running back in the NFL in 2014, and that's just behind Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson is slated to make $11.75 this season.
Kansas City had an amazing season in 2013, but it ended too early for them in the playoffs. They are hoping to move further in 2014, but they need Charles on the field.
In 2013, Jamaal Charles led the team in rushing with 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 693 receiving yards and caught seven more touchdowns through the air.
Those numbers were more than enough to get a Pro Bowl nod for the Chiefs' running back. It was the third such appearance in just six seasons for the 27-year-old running back, who just got a whole lot richer.