Jamaal Charles incredible hold out lasted about a day. The Kansas City Chiefs running back, aka the team’s entire offense in 2013, had every reason to desire a fatter contract, as he out-played the majority of the league a year ago but remained arguably vastly underpaid.
In fact, Charles was set to make just $3.9 million this year, while Adrian Peterson paced all running backs with $14 million. The next running backs in line still hauled in a hefty $7-9 million, annually.
After easily his best season as a pro, in which Charles totaled over 300 total touches, 1,900+ total yards and 19 total touchdowns, Charles had proven himself far and away as one of the league’s elite talents.
Naturally, the Chiefs wisely realized a hold out wasn’t going to be good for either side. Instead of letting Charles’ desire for extra cash leaking into training camp and becoming a distraction, the team agreed to a two-year extension. The new deal is worth over $18 million and extends Charles through 2017. That makes him appropriately the second highest paid running back in the league, just behind Peterson.