Alvin Kamara Believed Absent From Saints Camp Due To Contract Issue

     

According to Adam Schefter, Saints RB Alvin Kamara‘s absence from training camp the past three days has been unexcused and is believed to be related to his contract. 

Kamara is entering the final year of his rookie deal in 2020 and looking for an extension from New Orleans that pays him near the top of the market for running backs. 

The two sides had opened extension talks a couple of weeks ago and while no deal was considered imminent then, New Orleans’ initial offer had been considered solid. 

Nick Underhill notes the two sides have drawn closer and it’s worth watching to see if they can get over the hump as the season is less than two weeks away. 

It’s worth mentioning that the Saints will have their franchise tag available next year if they need to prevent Kamara from hitting the open market.

Kamara, 25, is a former third-round pick of the Saints back in 2017. Kamara is in the final year of his four-year, $3.85 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $977,500 for the 2020 season. 

Kamara is in line to be an unrestricted free agent in 2021. 

In 2019, Kamara appeared in 14 games for the Saints and rushed for 797 yards on 171 carries (4.7 YPC) to go along with 81 receptions for 533 yards receiving and six total touchdowns.

We have him included in our Top 50 – 2021 Free Agents list

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