Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Reasons Why Jamaal Charles Deserved New Contract

5 Reasons Why Jamaal Charles Deserved New Contract

RB Jamaal Charles: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
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In one of the fastest player contract negotiations in the history of the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a new deal with star RB Jamaal Charles this Wednesday. The new agreement will add two years to his current contract and make him the second-highest paid running back in the NFL in 2014, behind only Adrian Peterson. There's been a lot of hype around player contract extensions, but let's discuss why this was the right move by the Chiefs.

5. The Chiefs Had The Cap Space

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5. The Chiefs Had The Cap Space

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Prior to Charles’ extension, the Chiefs had $9.4 million in cap space, according to NFL Players Association records, and the team still has space leftover. This deal was money well spent. According to Spotrac.com, his original base salary before the new contract was ranked lower than players such as Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson and Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush, whose production didn’t come close to matching that of Charles in 2013.

4. Great Presence In The Locker Room

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4. Great Presence In The Locker Room

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Charles instills a winning culture in the Chiefs locker room. He understands how to finish every play, give maximum effort and still be a humble man. As a high-achieving and confident veteran, he brings the best out of his teammates. Every locker room needs a leader like this in order for the team to stay mentally strong.

3. He’s A Big Fish In A Small Pond

RB Jamaal Charles: Kansas City Chiefs fans
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3. He’s A Big Fish In A Small Pond

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The Chiefs don't have many offensive weapons. The team was rightly willing to pay to keep the man that led the team in rushing yards (1,287), rushing touchdowns (12), receiving yards (693) and receiving touchdowns (7) last season. Those stats led to Charles' third Pro Bowl appearance in his six-year career and, with the aid of QB Alex Smith and head coach Andy Reid, made the team relevant last season.

2. Brings Fans To The Stadium

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2. Brings Fans To The Stadium

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NFL franchise ownership 101: Having a star player leads to greater gate revenue. Gate revenue is the profit a franchise earns from tickets sold for every game. Fans will pay to see a consistently explosive player like Charles. Also…it’s Kansas City. Favorite pastimes only include listening to bluegrass and watching Charles pound the turf.

1. He Carries The Offense

RB Jamaal Charles: Kansas City Chiefs
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1. He Carries The Offense

RB Jamaal Charles: Kansas City Chiefs
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In 2013, Charles did everything for the Chiefs. As a true triple-threat, the 27-year-old running back can run, block and catch. Charles even indirectly helps the defense by giving them time to rest on the sidelines by sustaining long drives. Without Charles, the Chiefs entire offense would drastically change for the worse. He has earned the money.


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