Alvin Kamara, Saints Agree to Restructured Contract to Save Cap Space

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVMarch 11, 2022

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The New Orleans Saints and running back Alvin Kamara reportedly agreed to restructure his five-year, $75 million contract to create $8.4 million in additional salary-cap space for 2022.

ESPN's Field Yates reported Friday the Saints converted $10.5 million of Kamara's compensation for next season into a signing bonus. 

The 26-year-old Atlanta native is coming off a 2021 season that didn't feature many of the explosive, game-changing plays fans have come to expect from the five-time Pro Bowler.

Kamara posted a lackluster 3.7 yards per carry, nearly a full yard below his previous career low (4.6), and also finished the season with a longest rush of 30 yards and a longest reception of 31 yards, both the lowest figures of his five-year career in New Orleans.

The key question is whether that's because of a loss of playmaking ability or a combination of other factors, most notably the retirement of quarterback Drew Brees and a mediocre Saints offensive line that ranked 18th in Pro Football Focus' final grades.

Injuries were also a factor, as the dual-threat superstar missed four games with knee and hamstring ailments.

"It's always tough," Kamara told reporters in December about missing time. "Obviously, playing the role I play, I feel like I can affect the game and I always want to—any way I can, whether it's being a decoy, whether it's blocking, running, catching passes. I don't care. I always want to put a stamp on the game, so not being able to do that is tough."

Meanwhile, Kamara was arrested Feb. 6 while in Las Vegas for the Pro Bowl. He was charged with battery resulting in substantial bodily harm after police said he and other members of his group attacked a man inside a casino.

Drew Findling, the running back's attorney, said in a statement the defense team is doing its own investigation into the events leading up to the alleged attack.

Kamara faces the potential of one to five years in prison if convicted at trial, per ESPN's Mike Triplett. He could also face discipline from the NFL under its personal conduct policy.

Saints head coach Dennis Allen said after the incident they were "gathering some information," and the team hasn't released any further comment.

Kamara's contract with New Orleans runs through the 2025 season.


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