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.