- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Scott Pioli administration is rolling in Kansas City.
On the eve of the team's biggest game in four years, the Chiefs made an important move by securing running back Jamaal Charles for five years. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Charles was inked to a $32 million deal, which includes $13 million in guaranteed money.
This is a move that should help keep the Chiefs competitive for years to come. Kansas City is 8-4 and has a two-game lead in the AFC West heading into Sunday’s game against the Chargers, who are tied with Oakland for second place in the division at 6-6.
There’s no downside to this deal for the Chiefs. Charles is a special player. In his third NFL season, Charles has developed into one of the most explosive tailbacks in the NFL. He is third in the NFL with 1,137 yards rushing. He leads the league with a whopping 6.2 yards per carry average.
Charles was part of the last draft class put together by the Carl Peterson regime. Charles was selected with a pick acquired in the Jared Allen trade with Minnesota. While Pioli didn’t pick Charles, he gets credit for ensuring Charles will remain a Chief. Pioli has done a nice job of keeping the team’s core players. Linebacker Derrick Johnson was recently given an extension.
This is a young team with a great future. Keeping an ascending player like Charles is just another reason why this a program to watch in the NFL.