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Mark Ingram | Running Back

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/21/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 215
College: Alabama
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Mark Ingram's four-year, $16 million deal contains $7.6 million guaranteed and a $3.6 million signing bonus.
The base salaries are $1 million (2015), $3 million (2016 and 2017), and $4 million (2018). His salaries in 2015 and 2016 are both fully guaranteed. As the salaries never become bloated, the contractual structure suggests the Saints intend for Ingram to play out the entire deal. With an increased commitment to the running game as 36-year-old Drew Brees shows signs of decline, Ingram will be a candidate for RB1 fantasy production for the foreseeable future. Mar 9 - 12:12 PM

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Saints re-signed RB Mark Ingram to a four-year, $16 million contract.

After playing limited snaps in a committee his first three NFL seasons, Ingram finally broke out when given a featured role in 2014, rushing for 964 yards and nine touchdowns despite missing three games to injury. Ingram's new deal should lock him in as the clear starter over Khiry Robinson, with Travaris Cadet a candidate to replace Pierre Thomas as the passing-down back. Ingram showed true workhorse ability when healthy last year and has RB1 potential in the Saints' high-powered offense. Still only 25 years old, Ingram is averaging 4.65 yards per carry over his last 23 games.
Mar 7 - 8:23 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes the Saints are looking to pay free agent RB Mark Ingram less than $4 million per year.

"I figure the dividing line will be about $4 million per year," Triplett said. "If a team is willing to pay more, Ingram will likely be gone. Less -- and he might just stay." Coach Sean Payton has said multiple times he would like to keep Ingram, and a crowded free agent and draft class could suppress Ingram's value. With the Saints squarely in salary cap purgatory, they would need Ingram to come a steep discount. Ingram is Rotoworld's No. 4 available running back.
Mar 7 - 10:10 AM

Lyons Yellin of WWL-TV in Louisiana has "heard rumblings" the Eagles have interest in free agent Mark Ingram.

Whereas Shady McCoy was an at-times improvisational east-west back, Ingram is a north-south runner whose addition in Philadelphia would constitute a changing of the guard. There were rumblings late in the year that coach Chip Kelly was displeased with McCoy's tendency to freelance in his running game, which also led to Bryce Brown's ouster last offseason. A more assignment-sound runner than McCoy, Ingram's fantasy stock would skyrocket in Philly.
Mar 4 - 11:31 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton said free agent Mark Ingram is "someone that we want to keep."

Payton said he spoke with Ingram Monday, adding that the Saints are "very close" with his agent. Several running backs were added to the market last week (Reggie Bush, Steven Jackson and DeAngelo Williams to name a few), which could reduce Ingram's asking price. New Orleans is way over the cap right now and can only afford Ingram if he comes back on a team-friendly deal.
Source: Fox Sports
Mar 3 - 8:28 AM

ESPN's Mike Triplett believes free agent Mark Ingram could command a salary of up to $4 million per year.

After the breakout year Ingram had in 2014, that seems like a fair salary. Of course, with Drew Brees anchoring the offense, New Orleans has never placed a premium on running backs. Given the team's unfavorable salary cap situation, Triplett's gut feeling is that Ingram will walk. The Saints have Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson to fall back on if Ingram ends up leaving the nest.
Feb 16 - 2:15 PM

Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website thinks Mark Ingram could be an option to replace fellow impending free agent DeMarco Murray.

The chances of Murray re-signing with Dallas seem extremely long, as he should be following the cash. The Cowboys don't have the cash to line Murray's pockets. Ingram also won't be coming cheap, but he won't be as expensive as Murray. If Ingram lands in Dallas behind that offensive line and in OC Scott Linehan's scheme, he'd be flirting with RB1 numbers on a weekly basis. Ingram is likely to command $3-5 million per year on the open market after his breakout 2014.
Jan 26 - 10:03 PM

Impending free agent Mark Ingram said the Saints have informed him they'd like to re-sign him.

"They want me back, for sure," Ingram said. "I definitely want to stay with the Saints." The Saints may want Ingram back, but they're a poor bet to give him what he wants money-wise. With Khiry Robinson already in the fold at the minimum along with the Saints' poor cap situation, Ingram is a good bet to be playing in a different uniform. He'll likely seek $3-5 million per year.
Jan 23 - 9:00 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett notes that the team rarely invests heavily in any one running back.

The Saints traded up to get Mark Ingram in the first round of the 2011 draft, developed him slowly and finally saw a breakout season in 2014 (226-964-9). But Sean Payton is a staunch proponent of committee-based run attacks and Khiry Robinson is a talented player waiting in the wings. Ingram, an impending unrestricted free agent, is a good bet to find greener pastures on the open market.
Jan 8 - 9:48 AM

Mark Ingram rushed 14 times for 57 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' Week 17 win over the Bucs, adding two catches for an additional four yards.

Ingram finishes his breakout 2014 just 36 yards rushing shy of 1,000 despite missing three games with a broken hand. Ingram was a bright spot for an otherwise massively-disappointing team, averaging 4.26 yards per carry while racking up nine touchdowns. Still only 25, Ingram is headed for free agency. The Saints would undoubtedly love to keep him, but face a daunting cap crunch. It's quite possible Ingram has played his final down in New Orleans.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:58:00 PM

Mark Ingram rushed 13 times for 38 yards and a touchdown Week 16 against the Falcons.

Ingram was gifted a touchdown after Jalen Saunders returned the opening kickoff 99 yards to the Falcons' one-yard line. He was completely shut down the rest of the game as Atlanta completely dominated the line of scrimmage. Pierre Thomas (foot) left this game early, so Ingram could have an expanded role Week 17 against the Bucs.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 05:04:00 PM

Mark Ingram rushed for 59 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries in the Saints' Week 15 win over the Bears.

He handled 17-of-25 carries out of the Saints' backfield, but was mostly bottled up before breaking loose for a walk-in 15-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to put New Orleans up 31-8. Ingram averaged just 2.75 YPC on his previous 16 totes. He was also stuffed for a five-yard loss on an attempt from the one-yard line on third-and-goal in the third quarter when the Saints' line declined to block anyone. Ingram gets the Falcons in Week 16. He rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries against the Falcons in the season opener.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 11:48:00 PM

Mark Ingram rushed 10 times for 43 yards in the Saints' Week 14 loss to the Panthers, adding two catches for 13 yards while also losing a fumble.

The Saints got blown out 41-10, and Ingram helped set the tone early by losing a soft fumble just four minutes into the game. There was no committee with the return of Khiry Robinson, but Ingram and the Saints simply couldn't sustain drives, and got out-possessed 36:00-24:00. Ingram should bounce back in a big way as an RB2 against the Bears' horrendous defense in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 05:10:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen expects the Saints to go "back to a committee" at running back this week.

Ingram has played well enough that we're not expecting a "committee" in the true sense of the word. He'll start and we'd still project something in the range of 16-18 touches. But with Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas both healthy, the 30-touch volume upside Ingram had for a recent stretch just isn't there. Still, he's a solid RB2 play given a home game against Carolina in which there should clock-killing opportunities late.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 11:12:00 AM

Mark Ingram (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 14.

Ingram is a borderline RB1 for Sunday's cupcake matchup against Carolina.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 03:43:00 PM