In search of a new contract, Charles will not report to training camp on Wednesday, reports KCTV. The Kansas City CBS affiliate says that Charles "wants more money, and is willing to hold out as long as it takes." He's scheduled to make $2.65 million this year, less than other comarable running backs. Charles and the Chiefs management have had discussions about a new contract.
This has the potential to be bombshell news. It's easy to see where Charles is coming from. Running backs are cheaper and more expendable than they used to be, but $2.95 million is still a pittance for a player of Charles' caliber. But the sooner Charles shows up at camp, the better. The record for hold-out running backs in recent years has not been good (Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew come to mind). We'll monitor the holdout closely. As of now, this situation shouldn't affect Charles' draft stock. But if the holdout continues to the regular season, fantasy owners will have no choice but to downgrade him a bit from the top RB spot.