Dec 29, 2019; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) on the sidelines in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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Reports: Kamara’s absences from camp contract-related

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara’s unexcused absences from training camp are believed to be contract-related, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

Saints coach Sean Payton has declined to specify a reason for the absences of Kamara, who has been missing from training camp since Friday.

Kamara, 25, is scheduled to make $2.133 million in the final year of his rookie contract, 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.

Kamara rushed for 797 yards and added career lows in receiving yards (533) and 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.

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