With the recent indictment of Alvin Kamara, his time in a New Orleans Saints uniform is likely coming to an end. However, the writing was already on the wall with the Saints and the back.
Let's just call it like it is. Alvin Kamara looks awful for the video of him and three of his friends beating a man to a pulp. With the four of them now indicted, the case will go to criminal court, which won't exactly mean good news for the New Orleans Saints running back. While the incident happened about a year ago, it was always kind of a dark cloud hanging over the Saints, and Kamara the past season.
While it may be hard to talk about the purely football side of this, we're going to at least make an effort since we can pretty much all agree this is an awful look for the character of Kamara. To put it bluntly, Kamara's days with the Saints are likely numbered, but this is just the straw to break the camel's back.
The thing is, Kamara is due for a payday, he is uber-talented and versatile on the field after all, but the Saints weren't exactly in prime position to oblige. The reasoning is two-fold, and it doesn't have to do with Kamara's talent, even if the character is a different story.
The reasoning is, it's VERY hard to justify paying a running back in today's NFL. You can draft one every year, and keep chugging along. Unless you have a Walter Payton or Earl Campbell on your, or supposedly Derrick Henry since he's the closest thing to Earl Campbell, there's no sense using up a bunch of cap room on a position with a hugely limited shelf-life.
Which brings us to our next point. The Saints are $57.8 million over the salary cap, the worst situation in the entire league. This is simply an, if you want to call it a "luxury" have at it, but recent events may prove otherwise, the Saints simply can't afford. They need to clear up cap space in order to both bring in a quarterback, and surround them with necessary talent to allow him to thrive.
At the end of the day, Alvin Kamara and the New Orleans Saints haven't been long for each other for a while. The fact that he has been indicted for appearing to be a blockhead (at best), it simply drives the point home.