The NFL season is just around the corner as a number of teams began their official training camps this week. Among the teams was the Kansas City Chiefs, minus their Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles.
Charles felt he was worthy of a new contract and was planning on holding out from the Chiefs training camp had they not restructured his deal.
In fact, Charles was reported to have not shown up to the 4 PM deadline for training camp this afternoon due to the contract dispute.
The Pro Bowl running back’s holdout did not last long though, as both he and the Chiefs worked out a new deal, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Jamaal Charles and the #Chiefs have struck a deal, source says. He’s heading to camp now.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 23, 2014
Apparently, the deal went so smoothly that Charles was actually able to report to training camp afterwards.
As of now, there is no word on the figures of the contract, but you can expect Charles to be paid quite the hefty sum and likely within the top 3-5 paid running backs in the NFL.
At the end of the day, the Chiefs bank account may have taken a hit, but they ensure the return of one of their integral pieces. If the team has any hopes of contending next year, they will need a strong showing from Charles.
Last year Charles was sensational, racking up 1,287 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 70 receptions for another 693 yards. Whatever money they are paying Charles he is clearly worth it.