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As One Star Running Back’s Holdout Ends, Another Begins

| by Max Wohlmuth

Earlier this week, it was announced the Kansas City Chiefs’ running back Jamaal Charles was holding out for more money and would not be attending training camp until his contract was restructured. As one of the most important players for the Chiefs, Charles was not out of line in asking for more.

Charles rushed for a total of 1,257 yards last season as well as 12 touchdowns. More impressive, Charles had the third most all-purpose yards in the NFL with 1,980 total yards from scrimmage. Certainly, the Chiefs 11-5 record had a lot to do with Charles’ success on the field.

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Kansas City wasted no time working with Charles. This past Wednesday, Charles signed an extension that puts him in a Chiefs uniform for an extra two years until 2017. The restructured contract also makes Charles the second highest paid running back in the league.

Clearly the Chiefs are best with Charles on the field which motivated them to get the negotiations finished before the holdout had any real effect on Charles’ and the Chiefs’ future. However, another top running back has taken Jamaal Charles’ lead and wants his contract restructured as well.

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will not move forward with the team without changes to his current contract. Lynch is set to make $5 million next season and $5.5 million in 2015. However, he wants more money guaranteed.

The Seahawks training camp began today without Lynch. Lynch may have just as much right to put training camp on hold as Jamaal Charles. Lynch’s rushing number almost mirrored those of Charles. The Seahawk rushed for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Information on if and when a new deal would be negotiated is unknown. Seattle’s general manager John Schneider has not specified what type of action the Seahawks would take with Lynch and his contract.

The Chiefs dodged potential setbacks by giving Charles what he thought he deserved. Will the Seahawks follow the Chiefs and make quick work of what their running back wants? If the defending Super Bowl champions plan to make another run in the postseason, Lynch’s absence is creating a bit of a hurdle.