Mark Ingram using option snub as motivation

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The Saints like Mark Ingram, just not enough to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal.

So since they made a financial decision, he’s making one as well.

The former first-round running back said he’s using his pending free agency as fuel going into the coming season.

“It’s motivation,” Ingram said, via Christopher Dabe of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I’m coming up on a contract year. I’m an unrestricted free agent after this year, so we’ll see what happens.”

Picking up the option would have put them on the hook for $5.2 million, and nothing Ingram has shown so far indicates he’s worth that.

“Like they said, they really like me as a player,” Ingram said. “Just the (salary) number was a little high for what a running back gets on the free-agent market.”

When established backs are struggling to get paid, it’s hard to imagine what the actual market would be for Ingram. He has 1,462 yards and 11 touchdowns in three seasons. Getting that in one would move him toward the neighborhood of what the option year would have paid.

He’s shown flashes of talent, but in his current situation, he might not ever be able to maximize his skills, or his earning potential.

20 responses to “Mark Ingram using option snub as motivation

  1. Well good… being drafted in the first round and paid a bunch of money to play on a stacked offense sure seemed to be a crappy motivator for him. This should go much better.

  2. So then what? He hasn’t been motivated until now? Maybe that’s why the Saints didn’t pick up the option in the first place. Anyhow, he is what he is. An okay player.

  3. Khiry Robinson makes keeping Ingram around at a high salary pretty much a non-option.

  4. I don’t get why these guys need additional motivation. I really don’t. It shows laziness and disrespect for the privilege of playing in the NFL. You think AP needs more motivation? You think Peyton Manning needs more motivation? Tom Brady? Calvin Johnson? Nope. They’re professionals and competitors and thats all the motivation they need.

  5. Does he think he’s like Hulk or something? You make him mad and suddenly he becomes this unstoppable force? Hey Mark, odds are you’re not going to play any better this year than in the last few years. And saying stuff like “I’ll be a FA after this year so you know I’m gonna be motivated” will not help you at all. Makes you look like you’re another Albert Haynesworth.

  6. Only way Ingram gets the touches necessary to make in impression will be a wave of injuries to those ahead of him. Otherwise its a new team next season at the veteran minimum if he’s lucky.

  7. Not so fast on the Bama busts. He needs to run like the “Hammer” Lacey whose only motivation is just being in the NFL.

  8. Running backs are good/great right away. You either can run or not…there’s no real learning curve. Ingram is just not any good.

  9. Not a NO fan, but in all honesty I never got why the Saints drafted him. Back in 2011 they had Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Chris Ivory and they did more than just fine. Not that they shouldn’t add talent to the backfield. I just found it odd that they would spend a 1st rounder on a guy that buy scheme design wasn’t bound to get a lot of touches anyway.

  10. This is the right attitude. He has shown improvement especially late last season. ITs a spread offense so maybe a little harder to rack up the big numbers but still, need to get at least 1,000 yards and 8 TDs to warrant that kind of money.

  11. The vaule for the 5th year was too high for a team that has a RB by committee approach. Even if he earns another contract there’s no way it’s for the same price as the option.

  12. I’m interested to see how he does when he moves on to a team whose offense isn’t geared toward padding he QB’s stats and helping him chase records. The guy can’t really help Brees’ pursuit of personal glory, so he doesn’t fit there.

  13. If he becomes the “power runner” we had hoped for in short yardage situations he might be worth 1/2 of his 5th year pay and we could keep him for that. We will see this year!

  14. Cant draft slow backs who don’t have long speed, are too small to be power backs, and have poor vision in the first round.

    Most of the NFL figured this out. The Saints didn’t’.

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