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REPORT: CHIEFS RB JAMAAL CHARLES HOLDING OUT FROM TRAINING CAMP
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is reportedly holding out for a bigger contract and will not be at training camp Wednesday, ESPN reports.
Charles is the Chiefs top offensive star, but 10 other NFL running backs have a higher base salary this season. But according to the ESPN report, the Chiefs have discussed a new contract with Charles.
Charles makes about $9 million per season less than Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson who has a seven-year, $96 million deal. Detroit’s Reggie Bush and Baltimore’s Ray Rice also make more than Charles.
So he wants the Chief to pony up more money and is prepared to hold out as long as it takes, according to KCTV5 in Kansas City. Charles is nearing the end of a six-year, nearly $28 million contract.
The Chiefs won nine of their first 12 games and made the playoffs. Charles touched the ball 85 percent of the offensive snap.
Charles signed his current deal in 2010. His base salary is this year is $2.65 million. The contract expires after the 2015 season.
The Chiefs are also facing contract issues with quarterback Alex Smith and linebacker Justin Houston. (Photo: Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports)