Hybrid running back/receiver role could get Alvin Kamara in range of $14 million per year

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With Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey at $16 million per year and Bengals running back Joe Mixon at $12 million per year, where will Saints running back Alvin Kamara land if/when he works out a new contract?

Here’s the range to watch: Five years, $70 million. That would put him smack dab in the middle, with a new-money average of $14 million per year.

Although he’s not a classic workhorse running back, Kamara’s added value come from his role as a pass-catcher. He’s had exactly 81 receptions in each of his prior three NFL seasons.

To the extent the Saints privately believe (and they do) that Kamara is every bit as good as McCaffrey, getting Kamara for $2 million less per year should be regraded as a bargain. Then the question becomes whether they use Kamara more heavily, once they make an investment in him in the range of $14 million per year — if that’s where the deal eventually lands. If they can eventually get a deal done.

6 responses to “Hybrid running back/receiver role could get Alvin Kamara in range of $14 million per year

  1. The comp to McCaffrey is a huge stretch. Despite playing as part of a significantly weaker supporting cast, McCaffrey the last two years has put up 4.9 yards per rush over 506 rushes and 7.0 yards per target over 266 targets. Kamara, meanwhile, has managed 4.6 yards per rush over 365 rushes and 6.1 yards per target over 202 targets. McCaffrey is a more efficient player despite handling a much larger volume, all in the face of having to carry more of the load by himself. The only area McCaffrey isn’t ahead of Kamara? Fumbles, as each has 5 over the past two years. By the way, comparing Kamara to WRs is pretty silly, given that top WRs crack 10.0 yards per target over larger volumes.

  2. Knowing what is coming next year with cap and a number of contracts, my guess is contract will be creative in arrangement.

  3. redsoxu571 says:
    September 8, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    By the way, comparing Kamara to WRs is pretty silly, given that top WRs crack 10.0 yards per target over larger volumes.

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    The title clearly states hybrid role RB/WR, not pure WR.

    And the hybrid part refers way more to the # of receptions/targets, not yards/target. Given the types of passing schemes RBs normally work under compared to WRs (RBs more often getting short-to-mid yard throws), not really reasonable to expect an RB to crack similar yards/target (or even yard/reception) as a WR.

  4. The Saints are currently $69.8mil over the cap for 2021 before even signing Kamara and that’s with the projected cap being $215mil in 2021 which we already know it won’t be(if it drops to $175mil that’ll put the Saints at $109.8mil over the cap), so it’ll be exciting to watch all the high dollar players getting cut next year as they gut the team!

    Make him play out the season and go from there, no need to pay him now he has a year left on his contract!

  5. No way they should pay this guy big bucks, he avoided every hit last year and ran for the sidelines. He is nowhere as good as McCaffrey.

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