New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara insists he is not worried about nonexistent contract talks with the team as he just wants "to do his job" and his agent will hopefully work out something with the Saints organization.
Kamara, a three-time Pro Bowl running back, has been one of the players at his position in the NFL over the last several season but he is the fourth-best player on his own team. Kamara, who was named the NFL Rookie of the Year in 2017, insists he is focused on being fully ready for the new season and Week 1 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"As far as contracts go, I'm not concerned with contract talks at all," the three-time Pro Bowler said on Monday, via Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Advocate, as quoted on CBS Sports. "Me and my agent talked briefly about it, and I told him, 'Don't tell me anything about a contract until stuff is happening and there's something I need to know.'
If I was my own agent, then I would have everything to tell you guys about a contract, but I'm not. I don't talk (with the Saints' front office) about contracts. I don't talk to coaches about contracts. I'm just here to do my job.
I'm healthy and back with my teammates, and we're working toward getting ready for Tampa."
Kamara happy for Christian McCaffrey
McCaffrey, who also came to the league in 2017, became the highest-paid running back this offseason when he signed a four-year deal worth $64 million with the Carolina Panthers.
The expectation is that Kamara's new could be a four-year deal worth around $60 million. "Hey man, look, I don't even ... I just play football," Kamara said when asked about McCaffrey's deal. "I'm just a football guy.
I don't worry with all these contracts and all these things, all this money. Shout out to Christian, man. Knee and ankle injuries limited Kamara's production last year but he is now fully healthy and hoping to put up great numbers this coming season.
A strong 2020 season would certainly help Kamara to negotiate a good deal next offseason, if he doesn't sign a contract extension before this season starts. "Anytime you deal with injuries, it's tough," Kamara told CBS Sports HQ during the offseason. "Going into 2020, healthy, expect the same AK."