Contract extension talks are expected to ramp up for the Saints top running back. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Thursday, "There is nothing imminent, but the team has made clear with their proposal that they value him. They know he played hurt last year. They believe he is elite. Something could [happen] here within the next few weeks."
The Saints running back has been an unexcused absence from training camp since Friday, and the absence is believed to be contract-related, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.