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Chiefs, Jamaal Charles agree to new contract

Jamaal Charles

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)


So much for the Jamaal Charles holdout.

Just as Chiefs players were reporting to training camp on Wednesday afternoon -- and just as reports were coming in that Charles was officially a holdout -- Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Charles and the Chiefs have agreed on a new contract.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it’s a two-year extension that makes Charles the second-highest paid running back in the NFL, behind Adrian Peterson. Charles is now under contract to Kansas City through 2017. Charles was due to make $3.9 million this year, which is a fairly low salary considering that Charles plays a huge role in Kansas City’s offense -- so huge that he is arguably the most important non-quarterback in the NFL.

Charles led the Chiefs last year not just in rushing with 259 carries for 1,287 yards, but also in receiving with 70 catches for 693 yards.