Kansas City Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles to Holdout?

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reports are coming out of Kansas City that star running back Jamaal Charles is planning to skip the start of training camp in hopes of a new contract.

Charles was basically the entire Kansas City offense, leading the team in rushing (1,287), receptions (70) and touchdowns (19). He was responsible for 35.3% of the Chiefs’ yards from scrimmage, which was 4.5% higher than the next highest player in the league (LeSean McCoy). He’s set to make $3.9M this season and $6M next season, which is almost half of what McCoy and Chicago Bears‘ running back Matt Forte are scheduled to make.

Charles isn’t the only Chief who is looking for more money this season. Quarterback Alex Smith and linebacker Justin Houston have both expressed displeasure with their current contracts. Neither found any success in getting more money.

My take on this is that this story will blow over in a few weeks. Charles understands that the shelf-life of a running back in the NFL is short, and so he’s trying to cash in on an amazing 2013 season. Still, he participated in voluntary offseason practices, and did not seem unhappy before this story broke. All signs were pointing towards him playing in 2014 prior to today, so drafters shouldn’t allow this to affect his ADP. Charles is now a veteran in this league, and even if he were to miss a few weeks of training camp, it likely won’t affect his performance during the season.

If you’re drafting within the next few days, I’d still take him with a top three selection. If your draft is in a few weeks, however, this definitely a situation I would keep my eyes on.

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