Jamaal Charles tweets solid joke after signing contract extension

Jamaal CharlesJamaal Charles had one of the shortest-lived holdouts in the history of training camp holdouts.

On Tuesday word was that Charles was going to hold out from Kansas City Chiefs camp because he was only set to earn $3.9 million this season despite being a star in the Chiefs’ offense. Luckily for him the Chiefs came through with a pleasing offer Wednesday that he signed.

Charles’ two-year contract extension was for $18.1 million and keeps him with KC through 2017. It also ensures he gets paid $8.3 million this season.

After the holdout was solved, Charles tweeted this joke:

Nicely done, Jamaal. And the man certainly was deserving of the raise. He rushed for over 1,500 yards two seasons ago and posted nearly 2,000 total yards last season in Andy Reid’s offense. It’s about time for him to get paid.

Jamaal Charles to hold out of training camp

Jamaal-Charles-AFC-PreviewJamaal Charles is reportedly set to hold out of Kansas City Chiefs training camp in search of a new contract.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Charles will not be present when training camp begins on Wednesday barring some sort of breakthrough in his ongoing discussions with the team. The Chiefs have reportedly been discussing a new contract with Charles throughout the offseason.

As Rotoworld noted, Charles is set to make $3.9 million in 2014, which is 15th most among NFL running backs. Guys like Jonathan Stewart currently make more than Charles, so you can understand why he feels that he has outperformed his contract.

Charles turned 27 in December, so this could be his last chance to cash in on a big payday. He rushed for 1,287 yards last year and racked up 693 yards receiving. He also scored 19 total touchdowns — 14 more than any other player on the team. He is easily Kansas City’s most important offensive player after a breakout season.

Charles is not all that big and has already suffered a torn ACL during his career, but the Chiefs really have no leverage here. Their entire offense runs through Charles and he is one of the main reasons Andy Reid was able to lead such an incredible turnaround last season. Expect a deal to get done sooner rather than later.

Jamaal Charles leaves playoff game with possible concussion

Jamaal-Charles-concussionKansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles left Sunday’s opening-round playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts with an apparent head injury early in the first quarter. Charles appeared to slam the back of his head into the turf on a run during Kansas City’s first drive.

Charles, who has accounted for more than 30% of the Chiefs offense this season, had to be helped off the field. He seemed woozy and was evaluated by a team trainer on the sideline for a few minutes. A trainer then took his helmet away and Charles was escorted to the locker room, presumably for further concussion testing. He looked visibly disappointed.

Charles is obviously the one player the Chiefs can ill afford to lose. He is a legitimate MVP candidate, having totaled 1,980 total yards from scrimmage this season despite missing a game. If he is unable to return, Kansas City would have to make some major adjustments.

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Jamaal Charles: Andy Reid probably wishes he was still coaching the Eagles

Andy-Reid-EaglesAndy Reid will likely be dealing with an odd range of emotions on Thursday night when his Kansas City chiefs head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. Reid will be patrolling the visitors’ sideline in a stadium where he spent 14 season coaching from the opposite side of the field. However, he claims he hasn’t given it any consideration.

“In this business you’re focused in on getting your team ready to play,” Reid said earlier this week, via ESPN.com. “That’s where my energy is going to go. I haven’t really thought about that other part at all. I don’t necessarily plan on thinking about that. I want to make sure I concentrate on the game at hand and anything else becomes a distraction and I’m not going to let that happen.”

Jamaal Charles isn’t totally buying it. In fact, the star running back said he believes Reid would still be coaching in Philly if he had his way.

“It means a lot, so I hope we go out there and play for our coach,” Charles told ESPN’s Ed Werder after Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys. “You know what I’m saying? I know he has a lot of love for his Eagles, he worked there a lot of years and he probably wishes he was still coaching there.”

While that may not have come out the way Charles wanted it to, we understand what he’s trying to say. I’m sure Reid got tired of fans calling for his head and getting “Fire Andy” tattooed across their ass, but he took the Eagles to five NFC Championship Games. Ideally, the 55-year-old would have liked to win a championship in the place where he started his NFL head coaching career.

No matter what Reid says, Thursday is not just another game. Human nature would never allow it.

Jamaal Charles asked Peyton Manning for his autograph after loss (Video)


Talk about the ultimate sign of respect. Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles hung around outside Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday to meet Peyton Manning to ask for the quarterback’s autograph.

Charles was caught asking for the keepsake by KCTV and tried brushing it off by saying it was for his mother. Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was less bashful. He asked Manning for a picture following KC’s 17-9 loss and didn’t think much of it.

“It’s a legend, I guess. It’s Peyton Manning. Who wouldn’t want a picture with him? If you had an opportunity, would you take it?” he said.

The truth is this sort of thing goes on much more than most people realize. Some players trade jerseys with opposing players after games, and many more ask for autographs.

Just because they are professional athletes doesn’t mean they can’t also be fans, right? At least Charles and Bowe weren’t as obvious about it as Tashard Choice was with Mike Vick a few years ago.

Helmet smack to Arrowhead Pride via Deadspin