Jamaal Charles did not hold out for long. The star running back for the Kansas City Chiefs signed a deal this afternoon. Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network and Terez A Paylor of the Kansas City Star broke the news on twitter:
Jamaal Charles and the #Chiefs have struck a deal, source says. He’s heading to camp now.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 23, 2014
A source confirms that Jamaal Charles has agreed to a new two-year extension that will provide more than $18 million in new money. — Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) July 23, 2014
A source confirms reports that Charles will earn about $5.1 million more than he was previously scheduled to make over the first two years.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) July 23, 2014
Jamaal Charles may be as important to his team as any offensive player that isn’t a quarterback. Charles has gain 3,725 yards from scrimmage over the past two seasons for the Chiefs, and scored 25 touchdowns.
Just today, EA Sports released their running back rankings for Madden 15 and Charles was the second highest tanked running back.
Just this morning, Josh Michaels wrote that Jamaal Charles was worth whatever the Chiefs had to pay him.
The Chiefs are very short on cap space and they have a few player looking for bigger deals. Charles just took about half of the Chiefs available dollars with his reported raise.
Outside linebacker Justin Houston and quarterback Alex Smith are both looking for extensions to their contracts. It will be very tough to give either one more money for the 2014 season. Both are extremely important to the possible success for the Chiefs this season.
Charles has been underpaid for awhile now, so him getting his just reward isn’t silly. It is scary to think how bad the Chiefs offense would be without him.
Still, the NFL is a quarterback league, and the Chiefs have no proven options behind Smith. Will Charles getting his deal done first sour Smith on the organization? Will Houston demand more money for this season?
Signing Charles was a great move for General Manager John Dorsey. He will have to be a magician if he is going to re-sign Smith and Houston, with raises for both in 2014.
The Kansas City Chiefs are just about out of cap room. Charles is signed and in the fold, but what will be the fall-out, if any?