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Alvin Kamara about to earn a big payday.

the Saints and the 2017 third-round pick are “extremely close” to a contract extension that will keep him in New Orleans for a long time, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.

Kamara has been a hot-button topic with his unexcused absences from training camp and the trade rumors rumbling across the league.

The 25-year-old starter is heading into the final year of his rookie deal and will make $2.1 million in base salary.

He dealt with knee and ankle sprains throughout 2019 forcing him to miss a few games. The fourth-year running back had a career-low in rushing touchdowns and receiving yards.

The Saints are predicted to be Super Bowl contenders for the third year in a row.

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  • The Packers and running back Aaron Jones are also close to a contract extension. Like Kamara, Jones was selected in the later rounds of the 2017 NFL draft. The fifth-rounder out of Texas – El Paso has been one of the top “sleeper” backs. In 2019, he had a career-high in rushes (236), rushing yards (1084), and touchdowns (16). During an appearance on Good Morning Football, Jones said,  “Yes, they definitely are. My agent and them are taking care of that. I’m gonna focus on football.”
  • The carousel of running backs continues in Washington. The Washington Football Team named veteran running back J.D. McKissic their starter for Week 1. Surprisingly, Washington released future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson last Friday. Behind McKissic will be Peyton Barber, and young backs Antonio Gibson and Bryce Love.
  • The Panthers will be heavily reliant on their rookies on defense. Four of their 2020 draft picks will be starters on new defensive coordinator Phil Snow’s 4-3 defense. First-rounder Derrick Brown and second-rounder Yetur Gross Matos will be man the right side of the defensive line. Second-round safety Jeremy Chinn will be listed as a co-linebacker while fourth-round cornerback Troy Pride, Jr. will be lining up Week 1 vs the Las Vegas Raiders.

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