There have been a lot of rumors around the NFL regarding Alvin Kamara's situation with the New Orleans Saints. The Pro-Bowl running back reportedly skipped multiple team practices in an attempt to force the team to extend his contract.
Kamara and his representatives claimed that they were by no means threatening to hold out from the season and that they were just negotiating with the team in good faith. However, given what we've seen from players like Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon, it definitely raised a couple of questions.
Moreover, a recent report stated that the New Orleans Saints were actually willing to part ways with the All-Pro runner and that it was a matter of time before Alvin Kamara found a new destination ahead of the upcoming season.
But now that he's returned to practice, head coach Sean Payton took it to himself to shut down that narrative and address Alvin Kamara's current situation with the team, as well as adding that he hopes he stays with the team.
Sean Payton Says The Saints Are Actively Negotiating With Alvin Kamara
“We’re actively negotiating a contract with he and his agent, and we’ll keep you posted if there’s any progress. We’re focused on him being a part of our plan for Week One," Payton told Pro Football Talk.
Ever since he made it to the league as the 67th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, Alvin Kamara has been one of the most impactful and disruptive running backs in the world, even winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
He's coming off a subpar season due to injuries but even so, he's got 2,408 rushing yards (5.0 yards per carry), 38 total touchdowns, and 243 receptions for 2,068 receiving yards over his first three seasons in the league. He's also made it to the Pro-Bowl every single year and it's pretty clear that he must have a big role if the Saints want to make it back to the Super Bowl.