The New Orleans Saints were missing one of their top offensive weapons this week thanks to a reportedly unexcused training camp absence by star running back Alvin Kamara.
The veteran’s lack of participation in consecutive practices is contract-related. It doesn’t appear the team is on board with paying him a lot of money after Josina Anderson reported that the franchise is open to trading him.
I'm told the Saints are open to trading RB Alvin Kamara, per source.
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 1, 2020
Kamara is scheduled to make $2.133 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
The running back said he had even instructed his agent, “Don’t tell me anything about a contract until it’s like something where it’s happening or there’s something I need to know.”
“It’ll happen when it happens,” Kamara said at the time. “It’s never been something … like I didn’t come in [to the NFL] thinking about like, ‘Ooh, I can’t wait ’til I get a contract.’ It’s like, ‘I’m playing, and when that comes, it’s gonna be well deserved and it’s gonna be perfect timing for it.’ It’s just not something that’s at the forefront of my day. It’s not something I wake up thinking about.”
By holding out, Kamara could risk losing an accrued season, meaning he would become a restricted free agent after this season instead of unrestricted.