The Saints decided not to pick up the fifth-year option on fourth-year first-round tailback Mark Ingram. It means that Ingram currently is playing for a new contract, in New Orleans or somewhere else.
Ingram has gotten the preseason portion of his contract year off to a good start. He has generated 83 yards on eight carries in the first half of Friday night’s preseason opener at St. Louis. The effort includes a 22-yard touchdown run.
It hardly means that Ingram is destined to become the guy he was in college at Alabama, especially since the Saints prefer a revolving door at tailback. But if Ingram makes the most of whatever reps he gets, he could be more likely to find a team in 2015 that will let him do more than what he’s been able to do in three years with the Saints.
For his career, Ingram has gained 1,462 yards on 356 carries. He has scored 11 touchdowns.