New Orleans Saints: AK’s contract shouldn’t exceed $10 million per year

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 10: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints warms up prior to the start of a NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on November 10, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 10: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints warms up prior to the start of a NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on November 10, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /
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The New Orleans Saints will likely be extending Alvin Kamara in the not-too-distant future. But, what should that deal look like?

There’s no denying the New Orleans Saints will be fighting to keep Alvin Kamara. They’ve already started contract extension talks, but after a less-than-ideal 2019, it’ll be necessary for the Saints to keep Kamara’s contract to under $10 million per year.

It’ll be tough negotiations for both sides.

Kamara and his agent, if a deal gets done before the season, will put on the table his ability to be a focal point in the offense throughout the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

However, for the Saints, Kamara played in 14 games last season but failed to notch 1,500 all-purpose yards, an amount he hit his first two seasons in the league. Also, it should be noted that Kamara has been running behind one of the league’s best offensive lines.

With a plethora of running back talent hitting the market in 2021, the Saints will have their optioins if they choose to wait, but at the same time, the rest of the NFL will have a chance to hop on Kamara talks as well.

Some deals to look at that the Saints shouldn’t mimic are Christian McCaffrey‘s $16 million per year and Derrick Henry‘s $12.5 million per year. Even Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson have deals that teams may regret.

With Kamara, the Saints need to temper their expectations. Players like Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon have either held out and it not favored them or had their contracts cut short because the dead cap was worth letting a talent like that go for their franchise.

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For both New Orleans and Kamara, getting a deal that’s right will be of utmost importance, and with the talent and contracts on the market, around $8-10 million sounds like a good ballpark number for the three-time Pro Bowler.

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