Jan 5, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter of a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Saints, Kamara agree to $75M extension

Running back Alvin Kamara and the New Orleans Saints have reached agreement on a five-year, $75 million extension, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Kamara, 25, is reportedly due $77.13 million total, with a $15 million signing bonus, in a deal that keeps him in New Orleans through the 2025 season.

Kamara is due to earn a $2.13 million base salary in the final year of his rookie deal, per Spotrac.com.

His new contract puts him just behind Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey in terms of annual value. McCaffrey signed a four-year, $64 million extension in April that will average $16 million per season.

Also Saturday, running back Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings reached agreement on a five-year, $63 million extension, Rapoport reported.

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.

The deal comes on the eve of the Saints opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which is scheduled to be played Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

–Field Level Media

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

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

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

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.

–Field Level Media