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Mark Ingram doesn’t know if Saints will exercise 2015 option

New Orleans Saints' Ingram celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during their NFL football game in New Orleans Reuters

The Saints had two first-round picks in 2011, leaving them with a pair of decisions to make about fifth-year contract options for the 2015 season.

They’ve already exercised defensive end Cam Jordan’s option, guaranteeing that he’ll be on the team for at least two more seasons. There’s been no action in regard to running back Mark Ingram’s contract and the back said Tuesday that he has no idea whether the team will do anything before the May 3 deadline to pick up the option.

“I’m not sure if they will pick up the fifth-year option,” Ingram said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I’m just working one day at a time and I’m just glad I’m on a team that’s a championship contender.”

The base salary for Ingram in 2015 if his option is exercised would be just over $5.2 million, which is a hefty sum for a player who had just 85 touches last season while battling a toe injury and failed to run for four yards a carry in his first two seasons. Ingram should be in line for more with Darren Sproles out of the picture, but he’ll still likely split time with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson and that could mean that Ingram’s 2015 fate will be determined by his performance on the field in 2014.

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24 Responses to “Mark Ingram doesn’t know if Saints will exercise 2015 option”
  1. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Apr 22, 2014 5:28 PM

    No, Mark, they will not.

  2. hakunamangata says: Apr 22, 2014 5:33 PM

    They won’t

  3. fdugrad says: Apr 22, 2014 5:39 PM

    If it is, in fact true, then Mark is the ONLY one who doesn’t know whether or not The Saints will exercise his 2015 option!!

  4. norvturnersneck says: Apr 22, 2014 5:41 PM

    Sorry sir, the New Orleans bank is closed!

  5. vtopa says: Apr 22, 2014 5:47 PM

    Nope. Dude…get 200 touches and a 4.1 YPC and then we will talk. Looked good at the end of last season but need to see MORE.

  6. orndorf2 says: Apr 22, 2014 5:57 PM

    Mark does indeed know that the Saints will not exercise his option. He’s not stupid.

  7. nfl4days says: Apr 22, 2014 6:06 PM

    Really hoping they dont. 2 first round picks wasted on this Alabama bum. Sounds familiar. Could have gotten Demarco Murray in the 2nd round in the same draft, or in the 2012 draft we could have gotten Doug Martin with the first round pick we wouldnt have wasted or Alfred Morris in late rounds. Gotta love that hindsight.

  8. kingokra says: Apr 22, 2014 6:11 PM

    Unless he transforms into AP this year, $5.2 mil is way, way, way too much for him. They should not pick up the option and try to resign him for around $2.5 -$3 mil.

  9. ravenswhat says: Apr 22, 2014 6:11 PM

    When CJ2K isn’t making 5 mill I seriously doubt this bum will garner even 1/4 that amount.

  10. 13arod says: Apr 22, 2014 6:22 PM

    they might but only if he would take a pay cut $5.2 million is a little high for his stats

  11. raynman49 says: Apr 22, 2014 7:07 PM

    Another Alabama rb bust. And that ain’t Hall of Fame!

  12. packerbackernj says: Apr 22, 2014 7:08 PM

    He’s no Eddie Lacy.

  13. pfic15 says: Apr 22, 2014 7:09 PM

    Lol. Ok, Mark. Play the fool.

  14. canetic says: Apr 22, 2014 7:29 PM

    Outlook Not So Good

  15. jpb12 says: Apr 22, 2014 7:30 PM

    Saints traded up to get him. Patriots used picks to get Shane Vereen and Chandler Jones.

    Wow.

  16. granadafan says: Apr 22, 2014 7:31 PM

    Lesson to teams: do not draft Heisman Trophy winners. Their careers will be flat out busts to just average.

  17. purplengold says: Apr 22, 2014 7:41 PM

    photographic proof that his spine is twisted

  18. whodat5150 says: Apr 22, 2014 9:11 PM

    Clue-less!

  19. BigAlHeBDMan says: Apr 22, 2014 9:50 PM

    Mark hasn’t worn #28 for a couple of years. Must be an old photo.

  20. Savage Lizard says: Apr 23, 2014 3:41 AM

    I hope they don’t. The Saints are too busy padding Drew Brees’ stats, I’d love to see Ingram get a chance on a team that actually runs the ball before everyone declares him a bust.

  21. cuda1234 says: Apr 23, 2014 8:11 AM

    Ingram needs to get out of there and go play for someone who knows what a running play is. Guy could be a pro bowler in the right offense.

  22. sb44champs says: Apr 23, 2014 8:24 AM

    “…that could mean that Ingram’s 2015 fate will be determined by his performance on the field in 2014.”
    ==========================
    …and that’s how the good teams operate.
    In Loomis We Trust

  23. cursedvikings1998 says: Apr 23, 2014 10:30 AM

    They might not, but still:

    Mark Ingram > Trent Richardson

  24. bcajun says: Apr 23, 2014 2:03 PM

    A touchdown AGAINST the Lions?! Like weve never seen that before haha

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