There’s seems to be a little trouble in paradise for the New Orleans Saints and Alvin Kamara.
The running back has unexcused absences from the team’s practice for about three days, and it was believed to be linked to contract negotiations.
Due to reported missed team obligations through the last 4 days, #Saints RB Alvin Kamara will be fined $200K for said period. There's still potential for both sides to agree to an extension, if not options remain on the table for the club, per source, as previously stated.— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 2, 2020
According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the possibility of trading Kamara is an option for New Orleans. However, he and his agent were working on negotiations for a potential extension. Everything is still in the air though for Kamara’s future, as he tweeted out a couple of weeks prior, hinting that the time would soon come.
Sorry In advance.— Alvin Kamara (@A_kamara6) August 17, 2020
In three seasons with the Saints, Kamara recorded exactly 82 receptions each season for a total of 243 receptions, 2,086 yards and 10 touchdowns. On the rushing side, he has 485 rush attempts for 2,408 yards and 27 touchdowns.
HOW DOES ALVIN KAMARA HAVE EXACTLY 81 CATCHES EVERY SEASON pic.twitter.com/7aswwbuegh— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) August 31, 2020
The three-time Pro-Bowler has the stats and the talents to have a blazing trade market. He’s a running back that can do it all and only approaching his fourth season at 25 years old, he’s a player where either a team keep him or snag him will be in good hands for a while.
Surely the Saints will do all they can to keep Kamara satisfied and maintain their explosive offense. But if he wants to walk out the door, what teams are most suitable to make an offer to the Saints?
4 Reasonable Trade Destinations for Alvin Kamara
New England Patriots
New England is approaching a fresh, new era of Patriots football with the electrifying quarterback Cam Newton taking over the reins. And what better way to match Newton’s energy is with a running back like Kamara.
With both Newton and Kamara on the field, this will scare a lot of defenses. Because of both players’ abilities to run and take over the offense, this will open up offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels playbook for more scrambling opportunities. Even though current running back James White will surely do his part, Kamara will be a great option to turn up the offense to meet its expectations. Also, the Saints and Patriots have made negotiations for star players and first-round draft picks before, so Bill Bellichick probably already has a scheme cooking up for both parties.
Similar to the Patriots, Buffalo has a chance to boost its offense to prepare to compete in an open AFC East.
Kamara is an upgrade to the Bills’ current running back Devin Singletary, and it will be another huge move for the team after acquiring Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings. Kamara will also be a nice addition to the young team, especially for the growth of quarterback Josh Allen.
Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers and Packers fans all over are most likely still punching the air at the fact that the team still doesn’t have any reliable offensive weapons. Even though they will probably continue to be elite in the NFC North, Rodgers deserves an offensive weapon that helps relieve some of his workload.
Green Bay still has now third-year player Aaron Jones, who led the league in touchdowns. However, the Packers still don’t have a lock-in for wide receivers. Kamara probably won’t have a lot of touches on the rush, but his receiving skills are much needed for Rodgers who desperately needs a go-to guy.
Pittsburgh will continue to be a contender in the AFC North now with Ben Roethlisberger back in the rotation. What holds back the Steelers though from moving over the hump is the struggle with finding a consistent offensive outlet. Juju Smith-Schuster and James Conner struggled last season trying to find a rhythm, and that had an impact on several games, especially against division rivals. Kamara will be that missing piece the Steelers needs to try to get over that hump and stand tall against teams like the Baltimore Ravens.
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