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Jamaal Charles agrees to contract extension, will head to Chiefs camp

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is headed to training camp after agreeing Wednesday afternoon to a two-year contract extension with the team, multiple sources told The Kansas City Star.

A person with knowledge of the situation also told The Star that Charles is set to earn more than $18 million in new money from the agreement.

Charles didn't show from noon to 1 p.m., when the Chiefs allowed reporters to watch the veterans enter their dormitory at Missouri Western. He also didn't show in the next hour, when a few veterans trickled in before the deadline. But with the contract extension, he and the Chiefs will avoid a holdout.

Outside linebacker Justin Houston, who also was believed to be seeking a new deal, did not enter during that time frame, either. But a source told The Star on Tuesday night that Houston is expected to report to camp before the first practice for veterans, which is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. CDT Thursday.

Outside linebacker Tamba Hali, who is close with Houston, also said he expects to report on time.

"From what I hear, he's going to be here," said Hali, who combined with Houston for 22 sacks last season. "We're going to get it rocking again -- Sack City. Whatever happened in the offseason, we put all of that behind us. He's here to play football just like every other man. That's our concern -- get to that quarterback."

Charles was looking to cash in on a career season in which he led the Chiefs in both rushing and receiving, finishing with 259 carries for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns and hauled in 70 catches for 693 yards and seven touchdowns.

Charles, who turns 28 in December, had two years left on a six-year, $28 million contract he signed in 2010. The two-year extension gives him more money up front and keeps him under contract through 2018.

Under his previous contract, Charles had cap numbers of $5.2 million in 2013 and $7.3 million in 2014 and scheduled to be paid $3.9 million (including bonuses) in 2013 and $6 million in 2014.

According to, Charles' original base salary of $2.6 million this season ranked 11th in the NFL among running backs, behind players such as Steven Jackson of Atlanta and Reggie Bush of Detroit. Charles also was slated to earn a $1 million bonus for reporting to training camp on time.

The Chiefs conceivably could have constructed an extension that lets them keep their current $9.4 million in cap space. The Chiefs will need that space to get a new contract done with Houston, whose cap number of $1.6 million will increase exponentially if he earns a deal in the neighborhood of Tamba Hali's five-year, $56 million extension.

Houston made his displeasure with his current contract known by sitting out the Chiefs' organized team workouts in June. He also skipped the beginning of offseason workouts in April.

Charles, however, attended those workouts and the team's three-day mandatory minicamp at the end of June. And now, it appears, he'll be showing up for the most important practice of all, thus far -- the first of training camp.

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