Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles won't be showing up Wednesday for training camp in St. Joseph until Kansas City ponies up more money, KCTV5 has learned exclusively.
Charles is the Chiefs top offensive star, but 10 other NFL running backs have a higher base salary.
He wants more money and is prepared to hold out as long as it takes, a source tells KCTV5.
Chiefs Expect RB Jamaal Charles At Training Camp from Chiefs Spin
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.
K.C. Hopeful Charles Reports On Time from ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs have discussed a new contract with running back Jamaal Charles, sources said.
Charles has the option of holding out from training camp if a new deal is not reached before then but the Chiefs believe he will report to camp on time. Chiefs veterans were to report to training camp at Missouri Western State University on Wednesday. The first training camp practice is Thursday.
I'm not suggesting Houston is more valuable to the Chiefs in the short-term or that he's a better player than Charles. Neither is the case.
But the differences between the two situations are huge, and those differences make it a good idea for the Chiefs to pay Houston but a dicey one to pay Charles.
Though both players have outperformed their contracts, Houston had no choice but to sign his.
Player Profile: Chiefs Rookie Zach Fulton from The Mothership
Those who know him best describe him as quiet, polite, observant and motivated.
This "gentle giant", who credits his father with the shaping his character, seems like your every day guy when he's not between the white lines.
But after the simple act of putting on a helmet, things change and this oft-silent giant turns into something entirely different.
Chiefs Expectations Change After Last Season from The Associated Press via The Mothership
One year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were coming off a two-win season that led to the ouster of the general manager and coach, and the turnover of roughly half the roster.
There's a different feel heading to training camp this season.
General manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid are firmly entrenched, and there has been less personnel turnover. That means most players will have had a year in Reid's system, and that could help build on an 11-5 season that ended with a playoff loss to Indianapolis.
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Kansas City Chiefs veterans report to training camp on Wednesday, and this is a team filled with legit optimism after making the playoffs in coach Andy Reid's debut campaign in K.C.
But one issue still hangs over the franchise. It's an issue that must be resolved sooner rather than later.
The Chiefs' franchise quarterback is going into the final year of his deal. And the Chiefs' franchise quarterback must get paid; he must be shown the respect he has earned.
All Systems Go For Chiefs LT Eric Fisher from Chiefs Spin
The Chiefs' 2013 first-round draft pick (No. 1 overall) had a simple message following Tuesday morning's training camp practice.
"I'm ready to go," left tackle Eric Fisher said. "I'm out here working and that's all that matters."
Despite the setbacks, getting Fisher to this point was the easy part for the Chiefs. Getting him to be the solid left tackle that Albert was last season could prove more difficult. Fisher had a rocky rookie season in large part because he wasn't strong enough to handle the bigger, more physical defenders he faced.
Because of the shoulder surgery, Fisher's ability to get into the weight room to remedy the problem was delayed. He insisted on Tuesday he was able to get in the necessary work anyway.
Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce Healthy And Eager To Play from KC Star via The Wichita Eagle
Kelce, a third-round draft pick in 2013, is one of four veterans practicing with the rookies, first-year players and quarterbacks while coming off injuries.
Moonlighting as a deep snapper until the full squad takes the field on Thursday was just a bonus. It should be noted that veteran tight end Sean McGrath is the backup to long snapper Thomas Gafford.
What You Need To Know About The AFC West from The Washigton Post
It all ended so horribly as the Chiefs converted a 9-0 start into a 2-5 stretch run in Andy Reid's first season as coach. They lost a wild-card game to Indy and now get ready for another season in a division that sent three teams to the playoffs. Blerg.
Williams Joins KC's Crowded Group Of WRs from ESPN
An already-crowded field gained one more body Monday at Missouri Western State University when the Chiefs began a three-day camp for rookies and selected veterans. Kyle Williams returned to full participation after tearing the ACL in his left knee last year for the second time.
It's wise not to overlook Williams as the Chiefs search for McCluster's replacement.
ROP Graduation Speaker Talks Of Bouncing Back from The Reno Gazette-Journal
In life, as in sports, you've got to bounce back, related former NFL wide receiver Chris Burford during last Thursday's Rite of Passage Silver State Academy summer Validation/Graduation ceremony.
Fourteen students were recognized in the ceremony, with most having completed the program and receiving high school diplomas, with their other program validations cited.
Burford, a Stanford graduate, went on to play in the then AFL for the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played in Super Bowl I against Green Bay. He led the Chiefs in receiving that game despite losing. He talked about bouncing back from that loss with a later 66-24 win over a Chicago Bears team that featured Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus.
Commings Headlines Pop Warner Camp from The Columbia County News-Times
After a free football clinic at Greenbrier on Monday, July 14, former Westside High School Patriot, University of Georgia Bulldog and current Kansas City Chief Sanders Commings headlined the second annual East Georgia Pop Warner Local Heroes Football Camp at Grovetown High School on Friday and Saturday.
Chiefs Jamaal Charles Considering Camp Holdout from NFL.com
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Charles may not show up at the start of training camp while the team works on a new deal with his representatives, according to a source close to the situation. The Chiefs have known for some time that Charles was highly unlikely to play for them in 2014 on his current deal.
The two sides have talked about a new contract, which would solve the issue. At this point, whether he shows up or not appears predicated on the progress on a new contract.
Santos Awaits Succop For Kicking Battle from The St. Joseph News-Press
He awaits the arrival of veteran Ryan Succop, who's expected to show up with the Kansas City veterans today. In the third year of a five-year deal worth $14 million with a $4 million guarantee, Succop is due to be the ninth highest paid NFL kicker in 2014, according to spotrac.com.
"I kicked a little bit of field goals with a stick (on Monday) and they told me to rest (Tuesday) and (today) before Succop gets here and then we really get this competition going," Santos said.