Saints, Alvin Kamara “extremely close” to deal

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The New Orleans Saints might have come up short in their sign and trade bid for Jadeveon Clowney, but maybe that’s a blessing in disguise for not just the Saints, but also star running back Alvin Kamara.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the two sides are “extremely close” to coming to terms on a lucrative new extension that they’re hoping to finalize in the next few days.

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The deal would silence any speculation of a potential trade involving Kamara also keeping him in New Orleans during the prime of his career.

Heading into the final season of his rookie deal, Kamara has more than 2,000 rushing and receiving yards to go along with 38 combined touchdowns over his first three NFL seasons.

One plus to staying in town is soaking up all kinds of knowledge bombs from Saints Head Coach Sean Payton and future Hall of Fame Quarterback Drew Brees. “Two of the smartest people I’ve been around. They’re always thinking ten steps ahead, so that’s why I’m always trying to be in Sean’s head, trying to be in Drew’s head, just so I can be a couple steps up there with them. Just as far as game planning, what they’re thinking on game day, what they’re thinking next, what they think about a certain look. It never stops with them. They’re never content with alright, we put this in, it looks good, let’s move on to the next. It’s like we put it in, it looks good, but what can we do to make it better?”

The Saints kick off their 2020 season at 3:25 p.m. Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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