Jamaal Visits The Bank Window For $32.5 Million

From San Diego, California

One of the best ways to build a successful NFL team is to keep your best players and never allow them to reach free agency.

Give GM Scott Pioli credit because he’s now got one of the Chiefs best players locked up for five more seasons. Charles agreed to a contract extension on Saturday that will bring him $32.5 million, with a guaranteed total of $13 million. The news and details were broken by ESPN as the Chiefs were traveling to southern California to play the Chargers on Sunday.

Charles has not yet turned 24 years old – that will come two days after Christmas. By the end of this contract, Charles will be just 29 years old and given the average career of running backs in the NFL, he’ll be on the down side of his career.

So as long as the production continues, the Chiefs will get all of Charles yards, carries and catches. Right now, they get one of the NFL’s most productive runners for at little over $6.5 million per season. That’s at a level just below what the top backs are getting paid right now across the league (Adrian Peterson in Minnesota $6.4 million, Steven Jackson in St. Louis at $6.1 million.)

The extension ties Charles up through the 2015 season, but if he continues to churn out 1,000-yard seasons it will be renegotiated in the next few years. But right now, it’s a very good contract for Charles and a smart one for the Chiefs.

Now that they’ve got Charles and LB Derrick Johnson signed to extension, Pioli can turn his attenton to several other key players who are without contracts for next season, especially OLB Tamba Hali and CB Brandon Carr.

2 Responses to “Jamaal Visits The Bank Window For $32.5 Million”

  • December 11, 2010  - Edward says:

    Good to see we locked up Charles. Now I hope some Chiefs fans can understand why we haven’t been blowing money on big name free agents. Now we need to lock up Flowers,Carr,Bowe, and Tamba.

  • December 12, 2010  - Fan Since 93 says:

    Great move. Charles is our MVP of the year. He’s directly tied to the improvement of our 3rd down conversion and opening up the passing game for Cassel.

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