Saints, RB Alvin Kamara Agree To Extension

Another running back is inking a sizable extension.’s Ian Rapoport reports (via Twitter) that running back Alvin Kamara has signed a five-year extension with the Saints. The deal is worth $75MM in new money ($77.133MM overall), including a $15MM signing bonus. Rapoport adds that Kamara will earn$34.333MM in guaranteed money.

It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for the two sides. At one point, Kamara was skipping practices, and subsequent reports indicated that the Saints would consider moving the Pro Bowler in a trade (in exchange for a first-rounder, of course). Then, earlier this week, we learned that an extension was “extremely close,” an indication that the two sides apparently made up.

Christian McCaffrey‘s record-setting $16MM-AAV deal still leads the running back position, but Kamara will be right behind him at $15MM per year. Dalvin Cook also inked an extension today that’ll be worth $12.6MM per season, and Joe Mixon previously signed a deal that will pay him $12MM a year. Austin Ekeler (UDFA) and Kareem Hunt are among the other running backs from the 2017 class to earn extensions, with the likes of Aaron Jones and James Conner still waiting for theirs.

Since 2017, Kamara has registered an eye-popping 4,476 yards from scrimmage, teaming up with Drew Brees and Michael Thomas to form one of the best offensive trios in the NFL. The former third-round pick has earned three Pro Bowl nods, second-team All-Pro recognition, and a number of rookie accolades.

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  1. wolfgineer

    as a saints fan, i am extremely disappointed in this deal. When you consider his production the last 3 seasons, the risk involved in this deal. when you consider how insanely handicapped the Saints are on cap post this season. This season was already super bowl or bust, but now it is financially forced upon. Next season will require letting major key players go for Alvin Kamara contract among O line increases etc. i hate this deal and what it will cause in the rebuild process of the Saints. It will be a team of a bunch of expensive players and no success in a few years, just a waste and delay of an effective rebuild. terrible deal, get a rb who is 3/4 effective for 10 million less and get depth in the lb position. what is this

    • bradthebluefish

      Saints will be fine once Brees leaves and Winston resigns for $5MM

        • bestno5

          Yes, I think is Sean Peyton can make Bridgewater into a successful QB then he can definitely succeed with Winston

          • Yep it is

            Bridgewater was already a successful QB. SEAN Payton had zero to do with it unless giving him playing time counts as making him successful.

            • Ak185

              Bridgewater was not that bad as the Vikings’ starter, but he hadn’t played significant time in years and Payton certainly and assuredly protected him with his playbook (especially those Michael Thomas slants). That’s why the Saints kept winning games without deep passes and Bridgewater rarely went deeper than he absolutely had to. They both did well, but Payton was definitely protecting him with his play-calling.

      • earmbrister

        No established QB is going to start for more than one season at $5 MM per.

        • JJB0811

          Cam signed for $1m this offseason. Everything out of NE is the QB comp wasn’t even close.

  2. Oooof

    One of these years, the Saints are going to have to field a team of nothing but rookies because their whole salary cap is devoted to guys who aren’t even on the team anymore. I respect it.

  3. Stat

    Not a fan of this deal considering the Saints cap situation and how it looks compared to the Cook deal

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