Reports are surfacing that Kansas City Chiefs’ star running back Jamaal Charles will hold out of training camp in search of a new contract. Charles still has 2 years remaining on a 5 year $32.5 million dollar deal he signed in 2010.
His current contract would pay him $2.65 million dollars this season which is grossly low compared to the other top backs in the league. Charles was THE focal point of the Chiefs offense last season with 1287 rushing yards, 693 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. He was arguably the best running back of the 2013 NFL season. So it’s no surprise that Charles would use his stellar 2013 season as leverage to hold out and try to get a new “worthy” deal.
The Chiefs are pretty much hamstrung when it comes to Charles. He “IS” their offense and could never afford to not have him on the field. The Chiefs didn’t exactly light up the press with offseason moves so it’s not like they have someone remotely ready or able to fill Charles’ importance in the offense. There should be no doubt that the Chiefs understand this and will resolve this ASAP.
From a fantasy football standpoint, there’s nothing to worry about. Those in Keeper Leagues aren’t scared about this move at all. A deal will most certainly get done during training camp. Charles is a top back in the NFL and now, at age 27, he will get a justified contract and the Chiefs will have the opportunity to lock up the most important part of their franchise for years to come.