Alvin Kamara’s Practice Absence ‘Contract Related,’ Report Says

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Saints running back Alvin Kamara has missed the last few training camp practices and, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, those absences are believed to be contract related.

"I really don’t want to get into at this time nor would I relative to Malcolm (Jenkins) or any of the players that haven’t practiced," Payton said.

Kamara had been on the field through training camp and was drawing praise from his Saints coaches for his play. He played through much of the 2019 season with an injured knee but told reports earlier this month that he was back to 100 percent.

The Pro Bowler is entering the final year of his rookie contract.  He said earlier in August that he was wasn't concerned with the status of his contract negociations.

"Me and my agent talked briefly about it and I told him, I said...don't tell me anything about a contract until it's like something where it's happening, or if it is something that I need to know," Kamara said August 10.

Kamara has been one of the NFL's most productive running backs. He and Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey were both taken in the 2017 NFL Draft with McCaffrey being selected in the first round and Kamara being picked by the Saints in the third. 

McCaffrey was recently given a four-year, $60 million extension after posting posted 5,443 total yards from scrimmage and scoring 39 touchdowns. Over that same stretch, Kamara tallied 4,476 total yards and scored 38 touchdowns.