The New Orleans Saints and star running back Alvin Kamara, who has been in contract talks for weeks now, are closing in on a very lucrative extension.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the New Orleans Saints and Alvin Kamara are closing in on a final extension that would make Kamara a very rich running back. Of course, he deserves the money he is about to be making though.
Over the last three seasons, Kamara has run for 2,408 yards and 27 touchdowns. He has also caught 243 passes for 2,068 yards and 10 touchdowns in the air. He has been a top back despite going through various injuries, playing most of the 2019 season at under 100%.
There have been a plethora of rumors circulating the Saints and Kamara over the past couple of weeks.
We have heard that Kamara was asking around $16 million from the team. We have heard that the Saints’ response was that they were willing to trade their star. That never seemed to have any ground to it as Kamara’s camp immediately came out and said they didn’t demand a trade.
There is no dead set price for the running back. In fact, there have been many running backs get massive deals, and we have also seen first-round running backs get released because the teams didn’t want to fork over the money.
According to Mike Triplett, “Determining where Kamara’s value lies may ultimately prove difficult because there is a wide chasm between Christian McCaffrey‘s $16 million per year and Joe Mixon‘s $12 million per year in recent extensions for NFL running backs.”
There is definitely a case made that the Saints want to keep Kamara. If they didn’t, these contract negotiations would not continue to be going on. The Saints have no intention of letting the three-time Pro Bowl back go.
But, overpaying him is a move the team isn’t wanting to do either.
This deal should be done within the next couple of days. I would personally speculate that it will be on the lower end of Triplett’s determination. I would say he will fall somewhere around $13-14 million per year.