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Mark Ingram Possible Fit With Baltimore

February 11, 2019 - 5:46 pm
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By Austin Medina  

The question for the Ravens heading into the offseason starts with what Baltimore’s main priorities are.

The Ravens can surely bulk up on the pass rush, improve the weapons around Lamar Jackson, or get linebacker depth. If running back is a priority, should the Ravens look towards free agency?

Multiple reports have linked the Ravens with Saints star running back Mark Ingram, who is a free agent. Ingram has played a vital role for New Orleans since entering the league in 2011.

The past two seasons have seen running back Alvin Kamara take over as the starter. Even with Kamara starting, Ingram has produced and contributed to a two-headed monster in the Saints backfield. Ingram and Kamara both made the NFL Pro Bowl in 2017, becoming the first running back duo to each produce over 1500 scrimmage yards.

Over the past two seasons, Ingram has ran for 1,769 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns in 28 games.

Of course signing Ingram won't come cheap. Though the Ravens can save cap space by cutting players such as Joe Flacco and Eric Weddle to have flexibility this offseason.

There are a few reasons the Saints may end up letting Ingram walk this offseason. Ingram, an unrestricted free agent, was suspended for the first four games last season for violating the league’s drug-policy.

A second reason is to save cap space and feature Kamara more going forward. The Saints may allow Ingram to test free agency and find a place where he could be a sure-fire starting back. Where better than Baltimore?

The Ravens have multiple running backs, but it is unknown if any could prove to be an every down back. Gus Edwards showed flashes down the stretch last year, but just six starts is a small sample size. Buck Allen and Ty Montgomery are free agents this offseason and the inconsistent play of Alex Collins may be enough for Baltimore to look for an every-down starting running back.

It will be intriguing to see if Ingram resigns with New Orleans.

If he chooses to test free agency, the Ravens should at least meet with Ingram. Who knows, he very well could be the starting back next season.

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