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Jamaal Charles | Running Back

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 199
College: Texas
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Jamaal Charles (bruised foot) is day to day, and could be held out of Tuesday's practice.
Charles suffered the injury in the process of moving out of the Chiefs' training camp dorm. Although coach Andy Reid has copped to "some concern" initially, X-rays and an MRI both came back negative. Even if Charles is held out of this week's regular-season dress rehearsal, there's no reason for him to fall out of the top three in fantasy drafts. Aug 18 - 2:04 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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The Chiefs are holding Jamaal Charles out of their second preseason game with a bruised foot.

His absence is precautionary. It'll give us a look at Knile Davis, a second-year back with big-time measurables who scored four TDs in two spot appearances last season. Charles should be 100 percent for the third preseason game.
Aug 17 - 5:14 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid told USA Today he's "comfortable" if Jamaal Charles hits 320 touches for the third straight year.

Charles has shown the ability to handle heavy workloads while staying upright, and is peaking at age 27 -- historically the prime year for running backs. Reid says he's particularly "comfortable" feeding Charles because of the way he takes care of his body. "I ice my knees," Charles said. "I've got an oxygen thing that's supposed to just take care of your whole body. I get massages. I see the chiropractors. I see all the trainers. I get in the cold tub, hot tub. You've got to make sure you're good on Sunday to go." Charles is a top-two fantasy pick this year regardless of format, and should have 2-3 years of elite RB1 production left.
Source: USA Today
Aug 10 - 5:55 PM

Jamaal Charles' new contract includes no guaranteed money beyond 2014.

So that means Charles' "four-year, $28 million contract" is really a one-year, $8.3 million commitment. It's still a huge raise for a player who was set to earn only $3.9 million, but just the latest reminder that the vast majority of the league's players are on year-to-year deals. Charles can earn up to $6.45 million between salary and bonuses in 2015. It's highly unlikely he's cut next offseason.
Jul 24 - 4:26 PM

Chiefs signed RB Jamaal Charles to a two-year, $18.1 million contract extension through 2017.

So much for that holdout. Charles is now the second-highest paid running back in the league behind Adrian Peterson and is locked up through his age-31 campaign. On his previous deal, Charles was scheduled to make $3.9 million in salary and bonuses this season. He'll now make $8.3 million in 2014. It's well deserved after Charles put the Chiefs' offense on his back and carried them to the playoffs in 2013. Charles is entering his age-28 season. He's a locked-in top-three fantasy back, along with Peterson and LeSean McCoy.
Jul 23 - 4:39 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jamaal Charles will not report to Chiefs camp Wednesday barring a breakthrough in contract talks.

Charles believes he's outplayed his current contract, and he's absolutely right after carrying the Chiefs' entire offense on his back during last year's run to the playoffs. He's set to make just $3.9M this season, 15th-most among running backs in the league. Now is the perfect time for Charles to dig his heels in and capitalize on the leverage he's earned on the field. The Chiefs are going to have to find a way to satisfy him, and talks are underway already.
Jul 23 - 9:37 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirms Jamaal Charles is considering a holdout.

There have been mixed reports amongst the local media, but Rapoport lends credence to CBS Kansas City's report that Charles won't show on Thursday. However, RapSheet is using cautious language, saying Charles "may not (report) at the start." There should be plenty of updates over the next 24 hours.
Jul 22 - 7:40 PM

CBS Kansas City reports Jamaal Charles will hold out from training camp as he seeks a new contract.

The T.V. station reports Charles is "prepared to hold out as long as it takes." CBS Kansas City is not a typical Rotoworld source, but the report certainly has a basis in reality. However, the Kansas City Star reports Charles is planning to report "regardless of whether an extension is in place." Coming off an MVP-caliber season, Charles is dramatically underpaid at $3.65 million between salary and bonuses, and is signed through only 2015. Running-back money has plunged in recent years, but Charles would earn considerably more on the open market. Chiefs camp begins Thursday. ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports the sides have had talks.
Jul 22 - 7:09 PM

Coach Andy Reid said he expects to lighten Jamaal Charles' workload slightly next season.

It's a no-brainer plan. At 5'11/199, Charles averaged 21.9 touches per game last season and played on 752-of-860 snaps (87.4 percent) in the first 12 games of the year. He didn't appear to wear down at all, but this kind of usage at the running back position is asking for trouble. Knile Davis began to gain the trust of the coaching staff late in the year and as long as his leg is healed, he'll have a complementary role from Week 1. We'd still put Charles in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick in 2014 fantasy drafts as a perfectly explosive fit for Reid's scheme. He'll be an excellent bet for 300 total touches again.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 26 - 9:37 AM

Jamaal Charles doesn't believe he suffered a concussion in the Wild Card Round loss to the Colts.

"I was trying to get back on the field," Charles said. "I feel like I didn't have a concussion. I kind of got (woozy), like a boxer. Just give me a 10 count and let me get back in the ring and let me fight again. … I tried (to talk my way back into the game). I feel like when somebody wants to play, let them play. (But) they're protecting players and the team. They had to do what they had to do." Charles was obviously disappointed he couldn't continue after he shredded the Colts on the opening drive, but it's water under the bridge now. The Chiefs did the right thing. This at least confirms Charles' concussion wasn't serious.
Jan 29 - 1:04 PM

Jamaal Charles' concussion isn't considered serious.

Charles was knocked out on the first drive of Kansas City's Wild Card loss, but is "improving, and completing concussion protocol testing." It sounds like he would have been able to play had the Chiefs advanced. Two weeks past his 27th birthday, Charles was one of the five best offensive players in the NFL this season, averaging 5.0 yards per carry while racking up 1,980 yards from scrimmage. He scored 19 total touchdowns. He'll be a top-three pick in next summer's fantasy drafts.
Jan 7 - 7:12 PM

Jamaal Charles (concussion) will not return to the Chiefs' Wild Card game against the Colts.

Charles was ruled out late in the second quarter after going down on Kansas City's opening drive. Knile Davis will finish out the day as the Chiefs' feature back. Cyrus Gray is Davis' backup. Charles had three carries for 18 yards before going down. Charles should be considered questionable for a potential Divisional Round game.
Jan 4 - 5:47 PM

Jamaal Charles was forced from Saturday's Wild Card game with a possible concussion, and is questionable to return.

Looking to avoid a big hit on the Chiefs' opening drive, Charles went to the ground in awkward fashion, appearing to slam his head on the turf. He remained down for several moments before walking to the sideline under his own power. He attempted to get loose before being escorted to the locker room. It's quite possible he's concussed. Kansas City finished off the drive with a score, but losing Charles would be hard to overcome. We should receive official word before halftime.
Jan 4 - 4:45 PM

Jamaal Charles' 2013 base salary was just $1.75 million, and he's owed a meager $2.25 million in 2014.

Ex-Chiefs GM Scott Pioli deserves credit for in December of 2010 getting Charles to accept a six-year, $28 million contract that will go down as one of the team-friendliest extensions signed by an NFL player over the past decade. It was absolute robbery on the Chiefs' part. Now coming off an MVP-caliber campaign, Charles will have plenty of ground to stand on if he wants to hold out. Current GM John Dorsey may want to approach Charles about a reasonable raise immediately after the season.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 08:58:00 PM

Jamaal Charles is inactive for Week 17 against the Chargers.

As expected, he's a healthy scratch. Look for Knile Davis and Cyrus Gray to work in tandem at tailback while Chase Daniel quarterbacks the offense.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 03:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Alex Smith
2Chase Daniel
3Aaron Murray
4Tyler Bray
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3Cyrus Gray
4De'Anthony Thomas
5Joe McKnight
GLB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
FB1Anthony Sherman
2Jordan Campbell
WR11Dwayne Bowe
2A.J. Jenkins
3Jerrell Jackson
4Weston Dressler
5Mark Harrison
WR21Donnie Avery
2Junior Hemingway
3Kyle Williams
4Fred Williams
5Albert Wilson
WR31A.J. Jenkins
TE1Anthony Fasano
2Travis Kelce
3Demetrius Harris
4Richard Gordon
5Adam Schiltz
K1Ryan Succop
2Cairo Santos