Report: Alvin Kamara not at Saints camp due to contract negotiations

Alvin Kamara not at Saints camp due to contract negotiations
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CINCINNATI — Saints running back Alvin Kamara has had an unexcused absence from training camp and it is contract related according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

The fourth-year running back has missed the past three days of camp. Kamara’s entering the final year of his rookie deal. He's set to make $2.133 million this season.

If this is an unexcused absence for Kamara, then it could impact his current contract in a negative way. He's scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the 2020 season. That could change due to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which essentially ends any chance of a holdout from a player on a rookie contract. 

By not being at camp, Kamara is in danger if not accruing a full season. Instead of being an unrestricted free agent next March, he could be restricted, which limits his chances of getting a big-time contract. He'll essentially be under Saints control for an extra season. 

That's why Bengals fans shouldn't worry about a potential holdout involving Joe Mixon. He's currently dealing with migraines, as negotiations appear to be going nowhere at the moment. 

The front office hopes to sign Mixon to a long-term deal, but nothing is imminent. Mixon is also entering the final year of his rookie contract. He wants to get paid after topping the 1,100-yard mark in each of the past two seasons. 

Both the Saints and the Bengals don't have much time to get a deal done with their star running backs. We're are only 13 days away from the season opener. 

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