Source – $ 75 million extension for 5 years to Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints


METAIRIE, La. – The New Orleans Saints and Alvin Kamra are running back, finalizing a five-year, $ 75 million contract extension, sources told ESPN’s Adam Sketch on Saturday.

Sources said the deal totaled $ 77.133 million for six seasons and the guaranteed money included $ 34.333 million.

The average annual value of the expansion, $ 15 million, was signed by Ezekiel Elliott with the Dallas Cowboys in the match 2019, and only marked Christian McCarey’s $ 16 million per year with the Carolina Panthers.

Although negotiations at training camp were delayed when Kamra remained absent for four days and a source confirmed that the Saints were open to the possibility of trading him, the two sides eventually found a middle ground in the final year of their Rocky contract. .

Now the Saints are close to acquiring a major piece of their offense for the second year in a row after signing wide-opener Michael Thomas to a long-term extension last summer.

Kamra, 25, was the NFL’s offensive rookie in 2017 after being drafted in the third round out of Tennessee. He has been one of the league’s most dynamic dual threats as a runner and receiver, with a total of 2,408 rushing yards, 2,068 receiving yards and 38 touchdowns. He has the fifth-most in the league since 2017 with 4,476 yards.

He is just one of four players in NFL history to run and receive over 2,000 yards in his first three seasons, including McFrey, Herschel Walker, and Roger Craig, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

The number of room to start a career has been the best in NFL history, but his touchdown per yard has been down in the last two seasons – from second in 2017 (7.7 yards) to 18th final season (5.3 yards) in ESPN stats and According to the information.

Despite missing the last three matches and suffering a knee injury and ankle injury, he had taken 81 catches in the last three seasons. According to ESPN Stats and Information, 243 receptions rank second in the history of the NFL after McFrey (303) through three seasons.

The added value that Kamra receives in the game makes the Saints feel better about investing despite the long-term salary-cap position they are about to face in 2021 and beyond.

Prior to Saturday’s deal, the Saints had less than $ 6 million in cap space this year and were already projected to have more than $ 240 million in cap costs for 2021, when the cap was as high as $ 175 million per team May be less.

In addition, they are ending contracts with offensive stands such as linebacker Damario Davis, cornerback Marshon Lattimore, tackles offensive forward Ryan Ramczyk and Terron Armstead, and safety Marcus Williams.

When it comes to the lucrative extensions running back around the league, it has been a busy offseason. Christian McCruff, Derrick Henry, Joe Mixon and Dalvin Cook have also reached long-term deals with their teams.

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