New Orleans Saints: Joe Mixon is holding out, clearing a path for Alvin Kamara to
Alvin Kamara is going to do what he wants to do, but the New Orleans Saints should be terrified that their three-time Pro Bowl back holds out.
The New Orleans Saints have spent this offseason in order to keep their team competitive. Drew Brees was re-signed, Andrus Peat was re-signed and the team added a lethal threat on the edge in Emmanuel Sanders.
All that money has limited the Saints cap space, as expected.
That’s going to have to temporarily put on hold Alvin Kamara’s extension. While the team could wiggle the cap and give him that long-term contract, it doesn’t seem talks are ongoing which could lead to a holdout.
Earlier yesterday we saw one of the best running backs in the AFC be “prepared for a holdout.” This should concern fans. By the way, that AFC running back was none other than the Bengals’ Joe Mixon.
Alvin Kamara is a three-time Pro Bowler.
He’s going to command money, but what we don’t know is how much money.
Christian McCaffrey, another superstar in the NFC South, got his payday earlier this offseason, becoming the highest-paid running back in the league, earning $16 million per year. The only problem is that Kamara isn’t nearly as involved in the offense as McCaffrey.
Having been injured throughout last season certainly hasn’t helped Kamara’s case either. While he could seek a holdout, right now, it may not go as planned for him as the Saints sit with the No. 24 pick and really not true need on their roster.
Drafted in an excellent running back class back in 2017, Kamara signed a four-year deal. Becoming a free agent after this season, Kamara price tag is difficult to gauge as running backs like Le’Veon Bell and Melvin Gordon have both also seen things get ugly with their holdout.
The Saints, as it currently stands, have leverage, but it’s tough to see Kamara looking for more than $14 million, especially if it’s in guaranteed money.