One of the biggest surprise moves of the off-season, Jamaal Charles the star running back of the Kansas City Chiefs is not reporting to training camp and is holding out for a new contract.
Charles is an elite talent in the NFL and his absence from training camp has sent a strong message to his his current employers, he wants a bigger and better deal.
The Chiefs are intending to open training camp on Thursday but according to reports from KCTV-5, Charles will not be in attendance as he holds out for more money.
You can't really argue with the logic of the running back however, he is one of the best players in the world yet his current deal does not reflect his ability.
Charles is still locked into a further two years on his current contract and is due $3.9 million this year, Kansas City may feel that they do not need to restructure a deal with a player who they still have contracted until 2015.
With the diminishing role of the running back in today's NFL, the market value for the position has taken a real decline. However, Charles is certainly in the conversation for top running back in the league and isn't currently being paid like a superstar like he believes he warrants.
The Chiefs could be in a difficult situation if the matter is not resolved quickly, Charles is the centre piece to their offence and a lot of their schemes are devised around the intention of utilising the speed and talent of the 27-year old out of the backfield.
His involvement and impact on the offensive side of the ball for the franchise is no secret, not only did he lead the Chiefs in rushing last season with 259 carries for 1,287 yards, but he was also the team's leading receiver after compiling 70 receptions for 693 yards.
Arguably he is the most important non-quarterback to any team in the league and his absence from the franchise when they return to training camp will be very noticeable.
If Kansas City have the aspirations of making the playoffs like the previous season out of the competitive AFC West, then they will desperately need the assistance of the three-time Pro Bowler.
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