The New Orleans Saints and running back Alvin Kamara agreed to a 5-year, $75 million contract extension Saturday, according to multiple reports.
The Pro Bowler was looking for a new contract as he enters the final year of his rookie deal. The extension reportedly includes a $15 million signing bonus and roughly $34 million guaranteed.
Since being taken in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, he’s been one of the NFL’s most productive running backs. Kamara's 38 touchdowns are the third most of any running back and his 5,061 all-purpose yards are the second most at his position.
Saints head coach Sean Payton said Monday that the team felt confident in the progress of contract negotiations.
“I’m confident that at some point we’ll get this done,” Payton said. “And we’ll let you know when that happens.”
Negotiations with the former Tennessee star who’s entering the fourth season with the franchise made headlines last week, after reports circulated that Kamara’s absence from three training camp practices was contract related.
Kamara denied holding out and said he was at the Saints practice facility every day. He declined to comment on the status of negotiations this week opting instead to discuss the Saints Week 1 opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now the Saints star running back is set to be with the franchis for the next six seasons.