Sean Payton: We’re “actively negotiating a contract” with Alvin Kamara

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A couple of days of craziness between the Saints and running back Alvin Kamara has, for now, settled down.

Kamara practiced on Wednesday, which he reportedly hadn’t been doing due to an injury — or an “injury.” Coach Sean Payton confirmed that player and team currently are trying to work out an extension.

“We’re actively negotiating a contract with he and his agent, and we’ll keep you posted if there’s any progress,” Payton said regarding Kamara. “We’re focused on him being a part of our plan for Week One.”

It’s currently believed that a deal will be done by Monday. The question is where Kamara will fall in terms of annual average between Panther running back Christian McCaffrey ($16 million per year) and Bengals running back Joe Mixon ($12 million per year).

Whether it’s Ezekiel Elliott, who held out last year, or Kamara and Mixon, who apparently held in this year, it’s important for running backs to push for their second contracts after their third seasons. Given that running backs tend to play their best in the early years of their career, replacing the last year (or two) of a slotted contract becomes critical to ensuring that the player is getting paid not for what he’s done in the past but for what he’ll be doing in the future.

Regardless, big-money contracts for running backs always require the team to assume the risk that, sooner than later, they’ll regret making the investment because, due to injury or otherwise, the performance may not match the compensation.

6 responses to “Sean Payton: We’re “actively negotiating a contract” with Alvin Kamara

  1. Could’ve gotten Kareem Hunt (a superior player with the same skillset) on the cheap. Dummy!

  2. The NFLPA is asleep at the wheel regarding RB’s second contract. By the time their first contract is up, they’re close to being old men. The maximum contract for rookie RB’s should be three years. I know it’s a QB league and RB’s don’t win championships, but they bring in the TV revenue which pays everybody’s salary. With the salary cap, you can’t force teams to pay more money to RB’s, but they should get to renegotiate much sooner. These great RB’s shouldn’t have to hold out. I see lots of QB’s and other position players playing very well after 12 years or more in the league. Many get to play out three contracts. Most RB’s are pretty much finished after 7 or 8 seasons. Hello NFLPA. What are you doing out there?

  3. I like Alvin, but he’s not an every down back. He’s this year’s Reggie Bush, but better. You don’t want this guy to take that pounding.

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