NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints may have signed a five-year, $75 million contract extension with running back Alvin Kamara, bringing the star player back to practice, according to a new NFL Network report.
If true, Kamara would be one of the highest-paid running backs in the NFL, and is tied to the Saints through at least 2025.
He continued practicing with the team -- after a short absence believed to be either related to contract negotiations or an injury -- ahead of the 2020 NFL season, despite not having a contract in place at the time.
In the meantime, it appears his agent and the Saints organization have struck a deal.
Kamara has a standout record with the Saints, helping the team to three consecutive Pro Bowls. He was also named the 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
He is one of four players in NFL history to record at least 2,000 yards both rushing and receiving in three seasons.
The new contract would be a huge step up for the running back, who had been making $1 million or less in base salary per year as part of his rookie contract. He was set to make $2.1 million in 2020, the last year of that contract.
The Saints play Sunday in the Superdome against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their season-opening game.