New Orleans Saints: This Kamara-Chiefs trade makes too much sense
New Orleans Saints star running back Alvin Kamara is in the final year of his contract and either needs to be re-signed or traded, and this trade by 12up.com’s Steven Kubitza makes too much sense.
Alvin Kamara and the New Orleans Saints are on the ropes ahead of the final year of his contract. After holdouts from Melvin Gordon and Le’Veon Bell, there is real potential that Kamara will lean the same way before he gets paid.
The New Orleans Saints need to be seriously considering whether they are going to choose to pay him the money he deserves coming out of his rookie contract or whether they are going to trade him away to another team.
For the sake of this article, let’s say that the Saints are planning to move Kamara instead of paying him — which is a very real possibility. One of the teams most likely in the running is the Kansas City Chiefs.
The biggest thing that the Chiefs can offer that the Saints can not is money. The biggest thing that the Saints need is another running back that can offer upside potential but will not cost near what Kamara will charge.
Let’s also note this trade was first brought to light by 12up.com’s Steven Kubitza.
This trade is interesting, to say the least, and Kubitza did a great job of crafting something that truly makes sense for both sides.
It would offer the Kansas City Chiefs an extreme upgrade at running back. It would also offer the New Orleans Saints an overall shed in cap space after not re-signing Kamara. Damien Williams is a back with high potential.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is a great lineman that would add depth to the Saints line, which is something they desperately sought last year. It would also offer the Saints a high pick in compensation for the star running back.
The Chiefs would also save cap space for the money needed to pay Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones. This trade is a win-win scenario for both teams. It also gives the Chiefs time to figure out how to offer Kamara an extension.
Obviously, as we stated before, this trade would be contingent on the New Orleans Saints have already decided that they were not going to pay Kamara instead. However, the first option should still be to pay him.