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Chiefs sign Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware to deals

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The Kansas City Chiefs showed last season that they had crazy depth in their backfield. On Thursday, they made moves to keep it that way.

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The Chiefs announced they have signed running backs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware to contract extensions.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Ware received a two-year extension worth $3.6 million. The contract can be worth up to $9.6 million based on yards and touchdowns. He is guaranteed $2.35 million at signing. Rapoport added West received the same exact deal.

Rapoport also reported the Chiefs are working to trade running back Knile Davis.

West and Ware emerged as key players on offense last season after star running back Jamaal Charles suffered a season-ending torn ACL in October.

"Charcandrick and Spencer both stepped in and were very effective for us offensively last year," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in a statement released by the team. "These guys have different styles and abilities, and together they provide us quality depth at the running back position."

West, an undrafted free agent out of Abilene Christian, had 160 carries for 634 yards and four touchdowns last season. He added 20 catches for 214 yards and a score. Ware, a sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft, had 413 yards on 75 carries (5.5 yards per attempt) and six touchdowns.

Charles is 29 and will be coming back from a second torn ACL. It stands to reason that coach Andy Reid might look to take a little off the veteran's plate going forward while possibly setting the stage for Charles' eventual exit.

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