Mark Ingram: I feel like my career is ascending

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Saints running back Mark Ingram would have had the final year of his contract voided if he was named a first-team All-Pro this season, but Ingram didn’t get the nod and remains tied to the Saints for one more year.

Ingram will be 29 once that year is up and there have been a lot of running backs who saw their production slip dramatically once they hit 30. Speaking from the Pro Bowl, Ingram pointed to DeAngelo Williams as an example of a back who remained productive past his 30th birthday and said he believes he can do the same thing.

“I feel like my career is ascending,” Ingram said, via the New Orleans Advocate. “I feel like my best ball is ahead of me.”

Ingram has played in every game over the last two seasons and has set new career bests for all-purpose yards each season while scoring 22 touchdowns. That lends some support to his argument, although the presence of Alvin Kamara and needs in other areas might push Ingram to prove it with another team.

20 responses to “Mark Ingram: I feel like my career is ascending

  1. I can see him playing for a bunch of years at a high level if he stays in the situation he’s in now, splitting the carries keeping the wear and tear off the body…thing is will the Saints want to pay him knowing what they are gonna have to pay Kamara down the line

  2. He better not turn down whatever the Saints offer and ‘test’ free agency. He will end up like a plethora of other 30 year old backs who end up signing for league minimum with a week left in camp, and getting cut 4 weeks into the season. He is worth more to the Saints than to any other team, he needs to take what they offer and not listen to his agent.

  3. LOL

    If this bum hadn’t wasted so much time looking at himself in the mirror for the past 6 years, maybe he’d have a better career by now?

    1 very good year, is not that impressive. He’ll probably get hurt and then his career will taper off, like all other old RBs.

    Some of these Bama graduates have inflated opinions of themselves. Ohio State has the same problem.

  4. I know this goes against conventional wisdom, but I honestly think these RBs benefit from being in a system that uses multiple backs. You cannot be the ‘workhorse’ RB and be productive past 30. You probably add 3-4 years to your career by being having only 19 or so touches per game, as opposed to having 25-30 carries per game.

  5. If he want’s to extend his career then he better think about staying with the Saints as long as possible. Not having to carry the workload every game and splitting time with Kamara will get the most out of him and ensure a lengthy career. I don’t remember a pair of RB’s that can cause so much havoc like Ingram and Kamara did, they were awesome.

  6. “Well, as you guys know I’m 29 so this Pro Bowl will be it for me. I’m going to pull a Shaun Alexander and hit the wall and be out of the league in two seasons so hopefully Coach Payton will let me play the next two seasons for the veteran’s minimum so they can pay Kamara all my money.”

  7. I wouldn’t break the bank for any back approaching 30. You can get RBs in multiple ways and lots of guys will look good running next a young stud like Kamara. Even if he came cheap this risk of him staying healthy doesn’t really make him worth keeping around. Just the reality of the situation.

  8. If he want’s to extend his career then he better think about staying with the Saints as long as possible. Not having to carry the workload every game and splitting time with Kamara will get the most out of him and ensure a lengthy career. I don’t remember a pair of RB’s that can cause so much havoc like Ingram and Kamara did, they were awesome.
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    Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, 2016 Atlanta Falcons

  9. There is nothing wrong with keeping two good RBs. This year was by far the best I’ve seen from Ingram. Kamara is a much better RB. He’s a special player. But the Saints’ offense was the most exciting I’ve seen. They lost to Minnesota on a fluke. They’ll be hungry next year. I’d keep this band together.

  10. There are RBs that can be productive after 30 but the league is not like it was. Coaches today will generally go with a younger, cheaper back vs the older, more expensive veteran back. Due to that lack of longevity, you probably won’t see anyone break E. Smith’s rushing title.

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