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Kansas City Chiefs lock up Jamaal Charles with two-year contract extension

(Associated Press)
(Associated Press)

Running back Jamaal Charles, who led the Kansas City Chiefs in both rushing and receiving and scored an NFL-high 19 touchdowns last season, has agreed to a two-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday night.

The Chiefs’ players reported to training camp on Wednesday afternoon, and Charles reportedly was not going to be there until a new deal was reached. But the team and Charles’s representatives quickly hammered out a deal to keep the running back, who accounted for a league-high 35.3 percent of his team’s yards from scrimmage, in Kansas City.

“Jamaal is an elite player in the National Football League,” Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said in a release. “It was important for us to keep him here in Kansas City long-term.”

Terms of the deal were not officially released, but the Kansas City Star has the scoop:

A person with knowledge of the situation also told The Star that Charles is set to earn more than $18 million in new money from the agreement, including $5.1 million more than he had been set to make over the next two years.

Charles will earn $8.3 million this year, which will make him the second-highest-paid running back this year, behind Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson. …

Charles, who turns 28 in December, had two years left on a six-year, $28 million contract he signed in 2010. The two-year extension gives him more money up front and keeps him under contract through 2017.

Despite his gaudy numbers, Charles was not one of the league’s highest-paid running backs before the extension. As reported by the Star, “his original base salary of $2.6 million this season ranked 11th in the NFL among running backs, behind players such as Steven Jackson of Atlanta and Reggie Bush of Detroit, whose production didn’t come close to matching what Charles did last season, when he made his third Pro Bowl.”

[RELATED: Why Jamaal Charles should be the No. 1 pick in your fantasy draft.]

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After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.



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