So much for the Jamaal Charles holdout.
Just as Chiefs players were reporting to training camp on Wednesday afternoon — and just as reports were coming in that Charles was officially a holdout — Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Charles and the Chiefs have agreed on a new contract.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it’s a two-year extension that makes Charles the second-highest paid running back in the NFL, behind Adrian Peterson. Charles is now under contract to Kansas City through 2017. Charles was due to make $3.9 million this year, which is a fairly low salary considering that Charles plays a huge role in Kansas City’s offense — so huge that he is arguably the most important non-quarterback in the NFL.
Charles led the Chiefs last year not just in rushing with 259 carries for 1,287 yards, but also in receiving with 70 catches for 693 yards.