This season the Kansas City Chiefs have already signed Derrick Johnson, Andy Studebaker and Thomas Gafford to new contracts in an attempt to keep their young players around for years to come. On Saturday they signed the most electric of all their players when they awarded Jamaal Charles with a five-year, 32.5 million deal with $13 million guaranteed.
The deal is getting done just as the Chiefs are getting ready to play one of their most important games in years, at San Diego, in a battle to try to further cement Kansas City’s lead in the AFC West.
Charles ranks third in the NFL with 1,137 rushing yards.
He is averaging a league-best 6.2 yards per carry — nearly a half-yard more than Brandon Jacobs, who is second with 5.8 yards per carry.
This was an absolute must for the Chiefs. Normally it isn’t the smartest move to shell out big money to running backs (see: Johnson, Larry) but Charles still has almost all of the tread on his tires and will still have Thomas Jones around for at least one more season to make sure he doesn’t get worn down. A great deal any way you look at it.
This also allows Scott Pioli to focus on the big contracts they need to get done on the other side of the ball with Tamba Hali and Brandon Flowers. Hali is due to be a free agent this offseason making him the priority, but they shouldn’t forget about Flowers since the longer they let him play out his rookie deal, the more money he is going to be worth.