The New Orleans Saints already expressed their intention to pick up the fifth-year option for defensive end Cam Jordan. However, it doesn’t appear they will give the same treatment to running back Mark Ingram.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the Saints do not intend to pick up the option for Ingram.
Ingram was selected by the Saints with the 28th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. As per terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, all draft picks sign four-year contracts with first-round selections having a team option for a fifth season. The deadline for teams to pick up that fifth-year option for players from the 2011 draft is May 3.
The Saints electing to pass on picking up the option for Ingram isn’t particularly surprising. He’s started just 12 of the 37 games he’s appeared in the last three seasons. His best year came in 2012 when he rushed for 602 yards and five touchdowns.