The New Orleans Saints are reportedly willing to trade starting running back Alvin Kamara for a first-round pick.
Alvin Kamara’s legal situation has yet to fully play out, making him a considerable risk for any team willing to trade for him. Add in the Saints asking price, which per Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated is a first-round pick, and a deal seems unlikely at this very moment.
Kamara is one of the best running backs in football when healthy. The Tennessee Vols product is an every-down back and five-time Pro Bowler. Were he not in a legal crisis of his own, Kamara would be at the center of trade deadline discussions.
Kamara was arrested for assault the week of the Pro Bowl last year, and was recently sued for injuries the alleged victim said occurred during that incident. The consensus in league circles is that a suspension is looming, likely before next season.
Could the Saints trade Alvin Kamara to the Eagles?
Alvin Kamara makes sense for a number of teams. He’s in his physical prime at 27 years old, and can impact a game in both the running and passing game.
Yet, a first-round pick in exchange for a running back is a steep price to pay. And the Eagles don’t have a significant need at the position thanks to Miles Sanders and more.
New Orleans, per Breer, would prefer their own first-round pick back in return for Kamara. But the Saints running back set the record straight in his own since-deleted tweet:
“Lol wasn’t interested in goin’ nowhere. Y’all be bored just typin,” Kamara said.
So much for that rumor.
But, Kamara could still be available in general for the right price. He’s already missed two games this year, and Christian McCaffrey didn’t even land a first-round pick back in return. Kamara wouldn’t either.
Kamara has a cap number of $16.093 million in 2023 and $16.893 million in 2024 that aren’t helping New Orleans’ case. As talented as he is, the Saints would be lucky to receive two Day 2 picks for him, at best. Is that worth dealing a focal point of their offense?