In a shocking turn of events, the New Orleans Saints are reportedly open to trading three-time Pro Bowl running back Alvin Kamara.
The New Orleans Saints are open to trading Alvin Kamara.
While his value is still unknown, ESPN’s Josina Anderson has reported that the team is at least open to hearing out offers. This is massive news that shows contract negotiations between the two sides are not where fans thought they were.
Kamara is coming off his worst season in the NFL where he failed to eclipse 1,500 all-purpose yards for the first time in his career. It’s also important to keep in mind he never truly recovered following his Week 6 injury.
While for him that still resulted in a Pro Bowl appearance, much of his success can partially be put on the team’s top-tier offensive line. Kamara is one of the most elusive running backs in the league and has shown a dual-threat ability that is seldom mimicked in the league.
He’s easily one of the best young backs, but even then, is he worth $15 million a year? Kamara needs to prove that he can stay healthy and dominate in order to get that extension given his poor 2019 campaign.
While it would be tough to see him go, if Kamara were to be traded, the Saints would have Latavius Murray behind him. Once a starter, Murray thrived when Kamara was out last season, accumulating over 100 yards in the two games in which he was given at least 20 touches.
The Saints and Kamara have seemingly had strong ties, so both parties likely want to get a deal done. And, who knows, maybe this report will just end up as a bluff by the Saints, but nonetheless, it should be concerning to hear.
Kamara has missed at least the last three days in practice, all of which were unexcused.
The two sides now appear farther apart in contract talks than before, and that’s a scary thought for the upcoming season, one in which the Saints were primed to repeat as NFC South champs.