Running back Jamaal Charles has signed a new contract with the Chiefs, a league source said. According to the source, Charles and the Chiefs agreed to terms Friday night and the contract was finalized this morning.
ESPN.com reported Saturday that the new deal is for five years and $32.5 million, including $13 million guaranteed.
Charles leads the Chiefs with 1,137 rushing yards and leads the NFL at 6.2 yards per carry, bolstering the Chiefs' No. 1-ranked rushing offense, which averages 175.2 yards per game. Charles, who will turn 24 on Dec. 27, is in his third NFL season. He was chosen by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2008 draft out of Texas.
The Chiefs will be counting on Charles and the running game Sunday against San Diego as backup quarterback Brodie Croyle is expected to start in place of Matt Cassel, who is listed as doubtful after undergoing an appendectomy Wednesday.