The New Orleans Saints have finalized a deal that will keep running back Alvin Kamara in town for the foreseeable future. The two sides agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension worth $75 million in new money, according to reporter Ian Rapoport. The deal includes a $15 million signing bonus.
Kamara missed multiple practices late in camp and there was speculation the Saints were open to trading the running back. Kamara eventually denied there was any holdout and the two sides were able to clean things up and get a deal done.
He is coming off a 2019 season in which he missed two games and was hobbled be knee, ankle, and back injuries even when playing. In spite of this, he still averaged 4.7 yards per carry and was second on the team with 81 receptions.
Latavius Murray is a capable backup who will spell Kamara a decent chunk, but Kamara is a clear RB1 and weekly must-start heading into his fourth season.