Alvin Kamara will be back at practice with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, and the two sides will continue working toward a long-term contract extension, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

According to the source, the two sides are not that far apart on a deal (Kamara is not seeking to match fellow running back Christian McCaffrey’s $16 million per year). Things appear to have calmed down after a rift in the negotiations.

Kamara, who is heading into the final year of his rookie deal, was absent from practices and team activities for at least four days starting Friday. Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the absences were unexcused and believed to be contract-related. However, a source told Fowler that Kamara has also been receiving treatment for a minor back issue.

The source confirmed to Fowler that the Saints were open to the possibility of trading Kamara for a first-round draft choice in light of his absence, as NFL reporter Josina Anderson reported. According to the source, four teams inquired about Kamara on Tuesday.

However, this is not a case in which the Saints are eager to part ways with the three-time Pro Bowler. They are willing to make a long-term commitment to Kamara, despite their salary-cap limitations, because of the value he brings as both a runner and a receiver.

Kamara, who was drafted in the third round out of Tennessee in 2017 before breaking out as the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, is scheduled to make $2.133 million this season.

An extension would almost certainly fall somewhere between the $12 million per year that Joe Mixon received from the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday and McCaffrey’s $16 million per year. That leaves a wide range for negotiations.

The Saints had a scheduled day off Tuesday, with their next practice scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

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