Before Combine: Hgt: 6010, Wgt: 200, 40YD: 4.32-4.39-4.47
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Draft Scout Jamaal Charles News
07/23/14 - RB Jamaal Charles reached an agreement on a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday as the team reported for training camp.
The team confirmed that Charles signed, though it didn't announce the terms. According to media reports, Charles landed a two-year, $18 million extension that runs through 2017. His salary over the next two years reportedly goes up by $5.1 million.
The Kansas City Star reported that Charles' $8.3 million salary for 2014 will be the second-highest among running backs, trailing only the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson, who will make $11.75 million.
"Jamaal is an elite player in the National Football League," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. "It was important for us to keep him here in Kansas City long-term."
Charles was not at the Chiefs' training camp at Missouri Western State University when the players reported Wednesday afternoon but was headed there after the deal was struck.
He joked on his Twitter account, "I had no intention on holding out ... I just ran out of gas on the way to camp and my cell phone battery died. It was a long walk I tell ya."
Earlier Wednesday, it was reported that Charles intended to hold out for more money rather than join the team for full-squad practices Thursday.
According to multiple reports, Charles was unhappy with his 2014 salary of $3.7 million, the fourth year of a six-year, $27.97 million deal signed in 2010.
Charles, 28, rushed for 1,287 yards in 2013, which was the third-best total in the NFL last season, and he ran for 1,509 yards in 2012. He made his third Pro Bowl after the 2013 season, and he was selected first-team All-Pro for the second time.
However, 10 other NFL running backs had a higher base salary than Charles before he reached the new agreement Wednesday.
01/06/14 - RB Jamaal Charles left Saturday's game against Indianapolis early in the first quarter with a concussion and did not return. On a running play, Charles took a glancing blow from a Colts defender, but then his head appeared to bounce off the playing surface at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Chiefs did not provide any further information on the injury.
12/24/13 - RB Jamaal Charles enters the final game of the regular season needing just 20 yards to reach 2,000 offensive yards for the season. Charles has run for 1,287 yards on 259 carries, while catching 70 passes for 693 yards. Overall he has 19 touchdowns. Whether Charles gets the chance to gain those 20 yards will depend on head coach Andy Reid's decision on how much playing time his starters will see in a game that does not affect the Chiefs position in the AFC playoffs.
12/19/13 - RB Jamaal Charles earned the AFC offensive player of the week honors for his five-touchdown performance against Oakland. Charles continues to rank among the most productive offensive players in the league, with 1,836 yards from scrimmage and a league leading 18 touchdowns.
12/17/13 - RB Jamaal Charles became the first running back in NFL history to catch four touchdown passes in a single game when he pulled off that performance against Oakland. The previous record was three TD catches held by 15 other players. Charles also had the fifth-best receiving yardage day for a running back in league annals with 195 yards. It was the highest receiving total for a back since 1999.