NFL News of September 3, 2003

Running back Priest Holmes, who led the N.F.L. in yards from scrimmage the last two seasons, agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. Holmes had indicated that he might not play in the season opener Sunday if a new deal was not worked out. Terms were not disclosed.

Holmes had been scheduled to make a base salary of about $2.5 million in each of the three years remaining on his contract. That is below market value for a player who had 4,440 yards from scrimmage the past two seasons and was selected the N.F.L.’s most valuable offensive player for 2002.

—New York Times “Chiefs Extend Holmes’s Contract”

During the 2003 season, Holmes had 320 carries for 1420 yards and (a then-record) 27 touchdowns. Over the 4 years after 2003, however, appeared in just 19 games and missed the entire 2006 season. After playing in 4 games in 2007, Holmes injured his neck and retired from the NFL

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