Alvin Kamara, again a 2017 draftee, is the most likely to hold out at the beginning of this year. As a running back, he gets banged up rather frequently and won’t want to risk an injury and a smaller contract by player for pennies to what he could be making.
Kamara was a third-round draft pick so his contract is structured differently. He is on a four-year contract without a fifth-year team option. Therefore, Kamara is entering the final year of his contract which ends in 2021.
Alvin Kamara is currently raking in $964,443 per year. He is not even surpassing $1 million in his annual salary. Therefore, there is a high chance that Kamara will not want to risk the potential $13-14 million he could be receiving in an extension.
As one of the best running backs in the league, the New Orleans Saints might have to make a decision earlier than they thought about whether they want to offer Kamara that type of money or whether they would rather him walk into free agency.
In perspective, Latavius Murray is currently making $3.6 million on the Saints’ roster now.
Hopefully, none of these players try and make headlines by holding out until their contract is re-negotiated, but it is definitely a strong possibility. The New Orleans Saints will need to keep that fact in mind as they get ready to spend money in the draft and free agency.