Alvin Kamara focused on being healthy again, not contract

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Alvin Kamara would like a new contract. But he’d also like to get back to feeling like Alvin Kamara.

The Saints running back told reporters on a videoconference Monday that he struggled throughout last season after an early knee injury, and clearly wasn’t himself. He admitted that frustration, knowing his body language was “terrible” at times.

“I injured myself early. Jacksonville week, I tore my knee basically,” Kamara said, via Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “That was something I was dealing with the whole season, had to miss some time, which I don’t like to do. Came back, tried to play as best I could, tried to manage it the best I could. . . .

“I tried to put my best product out on the field. Sometimes it was enough, sometimes it wasn’t. I just didn’t want to let my team down. At times, there were situations where in my head I’m like I shouldn’t be out here. It’s just that urge in me to be like I need to be here to help my team. What if I’m not in and there’s something I could’ve done?”

What he’s not worried about is the contract talks which may or may not be happening, saying he was leaving that to others to concentrate on his work.

“As far as contracts go, I’m not concerned with contract talks at all,” he said. “Me and my agent talked briefly about it, and I told him, ‘Don’t tell me anything about a contract until stuff is happening and there’s something I need to know.’ If I was my own agent, then I would have everything to tell you guys about a contract, but I’m not. I don’t talk [with the front office] about contracts, I don’t talk to coaches about contracts.”

After missing two games last year and being at some lesser version of himself (but still good), his primary concern is that he’s back to health.

2 responses to “Alvin Kamara focused on being healthy again, not contract

  1. He’s an excellent player and to anyone that watched all 16 games it was obvious that he was injured last year.

    Despite that injury he not only played, but played better than the majority of players at his position.

    He wasn’t nearly as explosive or dangerous as he was in his first two years. At least he was out there trying to help the team. He could have easily missed half of the season like Terron Armstead does every year.

  2. The injury unfortunately costed his agent the leverage needed to hold out for the big $ on the final year of a contract year. Now, he’s got to play the final year of his deal, which is undervalued for an overachiever to show he’s got that explosiveness we were used to seeing from him.

    The Saints have never invested major bucks on the RB position in the Payton era, and the Todd Gurley cautionary tail is in the back of every GM’s mind, but he’s a great receiver and I think they’ll work out a deal and it won’t come down to
    brass tax and that franchise tag at the end of upcoming season.

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