Report: Saints, Kamara ‘extremely close’ to extension
Running back Alvin Kamara and the New Orleans Saints are “extremely close” to a lucrative contract extension, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday.
Per Schefter, the Saints and Kamara’s representation are hoping to finalize a new deal in the coming days as a means to silence any trade speculation.
Kamara, 25, is heading into the final year of his rookie deal and is due to earn a $2.13 million base salary, per Spotrac.com.
By comparison, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey signed an extension in April that will average $16 million per season. He received a four-year, $64 million deal.
In addition, Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon recently signed a four-year contract worth $12 million per year.
ESPN reported that New Orleans was open to the idea of trading Kamara for a first-round pick in light of his recent four-day absence from practice. That talk, however, quieted before Kamara returned last Wednesday.
Kamara rushed for 797 yards and added career lows in receiving yards (533) and total touchdowns (six) last season while being hampered by knee and ankle injuries. He played in 14 games, starting nine.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection and 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year, Kamara has rushed for 2,408 yards and 27 touchdowns in 45 career games (25 starts) with the Saints. He also has 243 receptions for 2,068 yards and 10 scores.
–Field Level Media