December 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs past Raiders free safety Charles Woodson (24) at O.co Coliseum. Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Amid a Tuesday evening report of a possible Jamaal Charles holdout, the Chiefs expect two-time All-Pro running back to report Wednesday when veterans arrive for training camp.
The team’s stance comes shortly after KCTV5 broke the news of Charles holding out due to his current contract, which expires after the 2015 season.
Charles has two years remaining on his current six-year, $27.97 million contract, which he signed in 2010.
Not including roster and workout bonuses, Charles is scheduled to earn a base salary of $2.65 million in 2014, according to NFLPA records.
He’ll earn a base salary of $4.75 million in 2015, according to NFLPA records, before becoming eligible for unrestricted free agency.
Charles’ 2014 base salary ranks 11th among the NFL’s running backs, according to Spotrac.com.
Charles, 27, comes off a season where he established career highs in yards from scrimmage (1,980), rushing touchdowns (12), total touchdowns (19), receptions (70), receiving yards (693) and receiving touchdowns (7).
The seventh-year pro earned an All-Pro selection in 2013 and was named to his third Pro Bowl appearance.
Charles’ 1,287 yards rushing in 2013 ranked third in the NFL behind Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (1,607) and Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (1,339).
Meanwhile, the Chiefs are currently dealing with possible extensions for quarterback Alex Smith and outside linebacker Justin Houston, as both players enter the final year of their respective contracts.
Smith, who attended the voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp, reported on time for training camp Sunday with rookies, quarterbacks and injured players. Smith has practiced the past two days.
Houston, who didn’t attend OTAs and minicamp, is expected to report for training camp.
Charles attended eight days of OTAs – he missed the final two days for personal reasons – and minicamp.
The Chiefs currently have $9.46 million in salary cap space, according to NFLPA records.