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Saints G.M. says option call on Mark Ingram was strictly business

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The Saints still like Mark Ingram.

But they didn’t like him to the tune of $5.2 million.

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said the decision to not pick up the 2015 option on the former first-round running back was simply about dollars and cents.

That’s a financial decision,” Loomis said, via Katherine Terrell of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “The amount of the tender vs what the market for running backs has been. We like Mark, we told Mark before we made that decision that it wasn’t reflective of what we thought about him, it was just a business decision. …

“We have high expectations for him and I hope he has a great year.”

Of course, the decision was easier with defensive end Cam Jordan, who has performed well enough to justify his $6.97 million option.

But Ingram is still in search of a role with the Saints, with 1,462 yards in three seasons.

That sets him up to become a free agent after the 2014 season, but he’ll have to excel this year to come anywhere close to that kind of money in the current (depressed) market for running backs.

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11 Responses to “Saints G.M. says option call on Mark Ingram was strictly business”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: May 7, 2014 1:55 PM

    Another instance where the overriding comment is meaningless. So does this team often sign players that don’t make financial sense, and which ones are on the roster now that they knowingly overpaid?

  2. vikesr4reel says: May 7, 2014 2:00 PM

    Saints have really fallen apart!!

  3. 87hollywoodhorn says: May 7, 2014 2:03 PM

    Yea Ingram would have to be a stud for the Saints to pick that up. Everybodys been seeing how the tailback markets been trending.
    He hasnt been worth the first but he hasnt been a bust, the Saints still have use for him. And if he impresses this season the Saints will probably offer him a new contract.
    But it wont be for 5.2/yr

  4. bmorefalcon says: May 7, 2014 2:04 PM

    Translation: We’re broke. All of our cap space is reserved for QB and safety.

  5. agpowell2 says: May 7, 2014 2:27 PM

    Translation: Jimmy Graham is about to break our bank.

  6. mdd913 says: May 7, 2014 2:36 PM

    Saints are “falling apart” to the tune of 12-win seasons every year while the Vikings are just hoping not to completely embarrass themselves playing on a crappy college field.

  7. gmoney1237 says: May 7, 2014 2:42 PM

    Translation: Chris Johnson is 10 times the RB and just got paid $4 mil a year.

  8. jimb031 says: May 7, 2014 2:47 PM

    List of RBs making more than 5.2 mil in 2015:

    AP, Shady, Lynch, Foster, Forte, Johnathan Stewart(LOL), Rice(LOL), Charles, DeAngelo Williams(LOL?) and CJ2K(LOL).

    Mark Ingram has not proven he belongs on that list yet.

  9. dryzzt23 says: May 7, 2014 3:05 PM

    Players who would be perfect as a RB in high school will now switch to DEF or WR.

  10. dude2424 says: May 7, 2014 3:17 PM

    Makes no sense for the Saints to overpay for a RB. They’ve been successful at finding good free agent RB’s such as Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory, Khiry Robinson, and Travaris Cadet.
    Unless Ingram is willing to pay for much less than $5.2 million, the Saints will let him walk.

  11. onbucky96 says: May 7, 2014 3:24 PM

    This isn’t personal, it’s strictly business. Where have I heard that before…

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