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Sean Payton says Mark Ingram isn’t looking for a trade

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The Saints didn’t have running back Mark Ingram in the lineup for Sunday’s 31-7 win over the Cardinals, although no one would be criticized for assuming that Ingram was out the first two weeks of the season as well.

He’s managed just 31 yards on 17 carries in two games as the third man in the backfield with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, a situation that Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported has led many to believe that Ingram will try to convince the Saints to take a page from the Browns’ book of dealing with first-round picks from Alabama and trade him to another club.

Saints coach Sean Payton was asked about the report after Sunday’s win and Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Payton was vehement about Ingram’s desire to stick around. He called the report “completely false” and said it had “zero credibility” while Ingram has refused requests from the paper for interviews for more than a week.

If Ingram does want a trade, it’s not clear how many people will be clamoring to acquire him. He’s done very little in his two-plus seasons to distinguish himself as something more than the kind of average back that isn’t worth much more than a mid-round draft pick, a pick that teams would probably be wiser using on their own in hopes of uncovering a player who can be something more than that.

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24 Responses to “Sean Payton says Mark Ingram isn’t looking for a trade”
  1. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 23, 2013 12:22 PM

    When people call Ingram a bust and they think they’re insulting the Saints fans but they’re wrong.
    Saints fans agree with them.

    Ingram is a bust, that being said the Saints line isn’t helping out any of the runningbacks this year.

  2. milkmandanimal says: Sep 23, 2013 12:23 PM

    Mid-round draft pick? He wouldn’t get even that. He’s been plodding, generally unimpressive, and is just a guy who got drafted way too high. He’s averaged less than four yards/carry in a really explosive offense where other backs have done well, plus Ingram isn’t much of a receiver. I don’t think anybody would even throw a seventh-rounder for him, you can get a UDFA off the street who’s just as capable of not running the ball well as Ingram.

  3. sbc85 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:30 PM

    Ingram has little to no trade value, though maybe the Packers would fork over a 7th rounder since their running back situation is dire. The Saints need to admit the mistake it was to get him, cut their losses and vow to never draft an RB high ever again.

  4. blacknole08 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:32 PM

    Ingram was a product of having 5 star athletes at Bama and a good OLine. In fact, I would go as far to say that most Bama players under Saban have turned out to be huge disappointments in the NFL.

  5. scaredhitless says: Sep 23, 2013 12:32 PM

    Giants could use him.

  6. hrmlss says: Sep 23, 2013 12:33 PM

    After the way the Packer backs have been going down to cheap shots they may need him. No healthy backs on the roster, may need Samkon Gado to come back.

  7. lightcleric says: Sep 23, 2013 12:39 PM

    Saints’ line hasn’t been good at run blocking lately for anyone but Ingram has been especially bad. Every time you need 1 yard he gives you -1. Happened in his first game against Green Bay, this year against Atlanta and Tampa etc.

    Still wish we would have kept Ivory instead. He wasn’t a great fit for the Saints’ system(pass blocking/catching out of the backfield) but he was a BRUTAL runner, the kind defenders hate to tackle, and we desperately need that. I watch Ingram do a Brandon Jacobs tiptoe half the time and sigh.

  8. asmodean13 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:41 PM

    Another average back from bama that was way over drafted. Much like Trent Richardson. Bama backs bust. Nothing to see here. Bet they wish they could of fleeced someone like the browns did. Colts are gonna regret that one. Lol.

  9. fenway22 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:41 PM

    I remember on draft day when everyone thought the Patriots should have drafter (Kiper for one) and he criticized them for not him. In stead they took Ridley and Vreen. I bet the Saints would trade Ingram for Ridley right now.

  10. ghlatty says: Sep 23, 2013 12:41 PM

    Ingram is a bust. He only looked good in the past two seasons when Chris Ivory was taking snaps from him. Anyway, need to clear cap space for Jimmy Graham!

  11. taintedlombardis says: Sep 23, 2013 12:42 PM

    Alabama running backs just suck.

  12. mdd913 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:47 PM

    I said it before but if his name was not “Mark Ingram” he would’ve been cut in preseason.

    Makes it look real bad when the Saints are pulling undrafted small-school rookies every year like Ivory/Cadet/Robinson who make huge explosive plays, can run inside or outside and catch the ball out of the backfield. Meanwhile Ingram can only run between right guard and tackle, has never cut back a run a day in his life and generally struggles to get to his typical 2.3 yards a carry.

    Major bust, this guy.

  13. saints12013 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:55 PM

    Ya we should trade this dude. He runs with absolutely no power or heart. There is no excuse as to why he didn’t punch that ball in against Tampa. Or Green Bay his rookie year. He’s not a good receiver either. This guy just doesn’t fit our system. Ingram strikes me as a volume runner. You have to feed him the ball for him to be productive. The only reason he has lasted this long is because we really gave up a lot to get him and his father.

  14. gbditka says: Sep 23, 2013 12:56 PM

    If only Sean Payton didn’t tell is son on the morning of draft day that the Saints would take Mark Ingram in round 1. Saints take Cameron Jordan with their pick, Payton’s kid has a temper tantrum, Payton trades back into round 1 to grab a player at a position that wasn’t needed but at least Payton’s kid could show his face at school the next day!

    BUST…cut your losses…never seen a back this big not convert so many 4th and 1 situations.

  15. dalcow4 says: Sep 23, 2013 1:11 PM

    Any RB out of Bama has to be looked at with questions. That school has essentially an NFL O-line every year and any Alabama running back looks better than he is.

    And superior big players is THE reason why Nick Saban wins all the time down there.

  16. cuda1234 says: Sep 23, 2013 1:18 PM

    Sean Payton has no idea what a rb does – Brees just chucks it 60x/game and I don’t blame Ingram for wanting out.

  17. realfootballfan says: Sep 23, 2013 1:25 PM

    Why would he? He sucks.

  18. 11inthebox says: Sep 23, 2013 1:29 PM

    I’ve never understood why whenever a player doesn’t work out the way everyone hoped he would, the player is immediately hated by fans and labeled a “bust.”

    Doesn’t the team bear some responsibility for drafting him so high? What is it? Everyone who wears a suit and sits in an office is above reproach? Can’t the front office be a “bust?”

  19. sb44champs says: Sep 23, 2013 1:45 PM

    11inthebox says:
    Sep 23, 2013 1:29 PM
    I’ve never understood why whenever a player doesn’t work out the way everyone hoped he would, the player is immediately hated by fans and labeled a “bust.”
    ===========================
    Well actually one of the main reasons why Saints fans hate Ingram is because he hates LSU… fans would look past that IF he was a decent RB but he isn’t and he still hates LSU…. Oh yeah, and don’t forget he took out one of the top Saints’ free agent signings, Victor Butler, and has a very bleak YPC average..

  20. asimonetti88 says: Sep 23, 2013 2:27 PM

    Saints just aren’t good at developing workhorse backs, even as great as their offensive machine is.

  21. tincansailor981 says: Sep 23, 2013 2:29 PM

    Never have I been so passionate about the Saints getting rid of a player as I am about Ingram. Everyone else has said everything there is to say about this joker so no need repeating any of it.
    He just plain sucks; there’s just no other way to express it.

  22. sbc85 says: Sep 23, 2013 2:33 PM

    sb44champs says:
    Sep 23, 2013 1:45 PM
    Well actually one of the main reasons why Saints fans hate Ingram is because he hates LSU… fans would look past that IF he was a decent RB but he isn’t and he still hates LSU…. Oh yeah, and don’t forget he took out one of the top Saints’ free agent signings, Victor Butler, and has a very bleak YPC average..
    ====

    I think the main reason Saints fans hate him is because we used a 1st rounder on him and he has contributed nothing to the team – Bush was polarizing too but there’s no denying he made an impact on the Saints and I don’t think looking back anyone regrets that pick. People who let their LSU fandom affect how they feel about Saints players are more LSU fans than they are Saints fans. I do not care about LSU but I’ve been over Ingram for a year because he just does not help the team.

  23. afcdomination says: Sep 23, 2013 2:47 PM

    in “war room” Scott Pioli’s scouts and scott are mentioned as being in love with ingram. its interesting that a guy that said was the “full package” can be such a miss.

  24. jpb12 says: Sep 23, 2013 3:09 PM

    They traded with Patriots to get him at #28 in the draft. Patriots traded down to #52 and got a #1 in 2012.
    The #52 pick was Shane Vereen and the #1 in 2012 turned up as Chandler Jones.

    Wow.

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