Alvin Kamara warned everybody that this holdout was coming.
New Orleans followers and fantasy soccer homeowners confused as to why the Saints working again is lacking observe with unexcused absences — and prompting commerce rumors within the course of — want solely have a look at his Twitter account to see what was on the horizon.
Kamara hinted as a lot in a single, cryptic tweet on Aug. 17:
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Preliminary reviews recommend Kamara, getting into the fourth and last season of his rookie contract, is holding out in a bid for a contract extension. The third-round 2017 NFL Draft choose has averaged 802 speeding yards and 9 touchdowns over his first three seasons, including 81 receptions per marketing campaign for a mean of 689 receiving yards and three.three touchdowns. But regardless of serving as one in every of New Orleans’ high offensive weapons, he’s due solely $2.133 million in 2020 — tied for 30th amongst working backs this season, per Spotrac.
Contemplating different high backs Christian McCaffrey and Derrick Henry acquired contract extensions in current months, it is smart that Kamara would wish to see his manufacturing equally rewarded. What’s curious in regards to the scenario is that Kamara was seemingly relaxed when it got here to renegotiating his contract:
“It’s going to occur when it occurs,” Kamara mentioned when New Orleans’ coaching camp opened in August. “It is by no means been one thing … like I did not are available (to the NFL) fascinated with like, ‘Ooh, I am unable to wait until I get a contract.’ It is like, ‘I am enjoying, and when that comes, it is gonna be nicely deserved and it is gonna be good timing for it.'”
At first look, it appears it could be in New Orleans’ finest curiosity to maintain Kamara on the roster, particularly contemplating that this seems to be quarterback Drew Brees’ last yr within the black and gold.
But when the Saints are unable to work out a cope with their star working again, nicely, nobody can say he did not warn them.