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Jamaal Charles says he would have taken a paycut to stay with Chiefs

Jamaal Charles runs all over the Packers this week and the Chiefs beat the Packers at home
Jamaal Charles was a steal for the Broncos

The Kansas City Chiefs could have kept Jamaal Charles, and he was willing to cut them a deal just like he did for the Broncos.  The problem is the Chiefs did not offer it. 

“I thought maybe they would give me a grace period,” Charles said, per Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. “But I haven’t performed the last two years. At the same time, I know it was about business. I think it would have been cool if they came and told me about a pay cut because I think I would’ve taken that pay cut, because I think I owed it to them for allowing me to be on the team. But I felt like when I got that call, it was just like, man, it was just OK, man. If it can happen to Peyton Manning it can happen to anybody.”

“I felt like it was more personal to the Chiefs than it was to me,” Charles said. “Them letting me go, I love this community. I did a lot. I sweat, bleed, two ACLs, meniscus, I left that all out here in Kansas City. My heart will always be in Kansas City. It’s nothing personal.”

While Charles says it is not personal he will look forward to playing the Chiefs twice a year. Did the Chiefs make a bad decision? 

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