Alvin Kamara has missed Saints practice over the last several days and the absence is believed to be contract-related. However, he has plans to re-join his team on Wednesday.
Kamara will make $2.133 million in the final year of his rookie contract. The team has the ability to fine Kamara up to $40K per day that he misses in training camp.
The running back previously spoke about his desire to wait for a contract extension.
“It’ll happen when it happens,” Kamara said at the start of training camp. “It’s never been something … like I didn’t come in [to the NFL] thinking about like, ‘Ooh, I can’t wait ’til I get a contract.’ It’s like, ‘I’m playing, and when that comes, it’s gonna be well deserved and it’s gonna be perfect timing for it.’ It’s just not something that’s at the forefront of my day. It’s not something I wake up thinking about.”
Things appear to have taken a turn, as Kamara wants top-RB money, per Mike Triplett of ESPN.
Kamara, 25, will likely seek a deal worth somewhere between the new deals signed during the offseason by fellow running backs Christian McCaffrey ($16 million per year) and Derrick Henry ($12.5 million), though that leaves a pretty wide margin in between.
Kamara has not asked the club to pay him more than McCaffrey, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports (video link). Carolina inked McCaffrey to a four-year, $64 million deal this past offseason.
Saints Open to Trading Kamara?
The Saints could move Kamara to another team, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
I'm told the Saints are open to trading RB Alvin Kamara, per source.
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 1, 2020
Neither Kamara nor his agent have asked for a trade. Still, that doesn’t mean the franchise won’t move the former University of Tennessee standout.
In his three-year career, Kamara has ran for 2408 yards and accumulated 2068 receiving yards.