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5 Reasons Why Jamaal Charles Shouldn’t Holdout

5 Reasons Why Jamaal Charles Shouldn't Holdout

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Jamaal Charles has been one of the NFL's top backs the past two seasons, and one could argue that he is one of the most important players in the league. Charles has been electric and surely deserves a new deal, but he may holdout from Chiefs' training camp in an effort to speed up negotiations for a new deal. Here are five reasons why Charles shouldn't holdout for a new contract.

5. He Still Has Trouble Staying Healthy

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5. He Still Has Trouble Staying Healthy

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Charles has only missed one full game and has started 30 of 32 games in the past two seasons. However, in his first four seasons in the league, Charles only started a total of 19 games. Charles has been known as an injury-prone runner due to his small frame, but he has been incredibly healthy over the past two seasons. He needs to prove he can stay healthy receiving the bulk of the carries for Andy Reid's team.

4. It's Not His 'Thing'

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4. It's Not His 'Thing'

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The last thing that Charles wants to create is a distraction and take away from the team's focus during their preparation for the season. Honestly, when is the last time we have heard anything marginally negative come out of Charles' mouth? When is the last time we have heard a "me" statement from Charles? Exactly, never. Charles is one of the most mature players in the league. This is not his style to holdout in hopes of a new deal.

3. Kansas City is Trying to Compete in the AFC West

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3. Kansas City is Trying to Compete in the AFC West

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Kansas City was demolished this offseason by key players opting for more money elsewhere, yet the team is still in a position to remain competitive this season in the AFC West. But they'll have no shot without their star running back. Charles brings one of the most complete packages to the table as the team's top offensive weapon, and his absence would be a huge loss for Kansas City. He is vital to their success this season.

2. Houston Needs a Deal Too

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2. Houston Needs a Deal Too

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Justin Houston is arguably just as important to the team's defensive success as Charles is to the team's offensive success. Houston is looking for a new deal also and is coming off a career year in which he collected 11 sacks in 11 games. Charles is a great player, but Houston is much younger and has yet to enter his prime. The team cannot afford to lose his services, thus he is the priority over Charles at the moment.

1. They Have Already Entered Negotiations

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1. They Have Already Entered Negotiations

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Charles was one of the league's best players in 2013. He could have captured the Offensive Player of the Year Award after rushing for 1,287 yards on 259 carries (5.0 avg) and 12 touchdowns, while also collecting 70 receptions for 693 yards and seven touchdowns. Due to his success both parties have already been in discussions about a new deal, and one thing is for certain; Charles will be a Chief for the next five years.