Saints: 3 reasons Alvin Kamara holding out wouldn’t make sense
Diminishing running back market
The running back market, like Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, and soon Dalvin Cook will notice, is deteriorating. The young talent coming out of college makes it easy to find cheaper prospects that will ultimately come in with a much lower-value contract.
For teams, it’s about the salary cap.
Who do they want to pay and who do they want to let walk will always be the questions that must be answered. For most teams, they’re ok with letting their running backs hit the market. For the Saints, they would likely be okay with Kamara testing the waters.
The Saints, who paid Drew Brees quite a bit of money to go along with paying Taysom Hill over $16 million in 2021, will be tight on the cap the next few seasons.
With other big names like Ryan Ramczyk and Marcus Williams to pay, Kamara’s best interest may not be pushing for that new contract when other top-tier talent is looking for a new deal.
For all those reasons, Kamara, who also has some reason to holdout, should consider playing the season out to strengthen his negotiating power.