Saints don’t expect to see Mark Ingram until mandatory minicamp

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Saints running back Mark Ingram is eligible to participate in the team’s offseason program despite his suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, but Ingram hasn’t been around the team this offseason.

Coach Sean Payton confirmed that Ingram has not been at the team’s facility and that they don’t expect to see him until their mandatory minicamp takes place next month. A report this week indicated Ingram, who recently changed agents, is looking for a new contract.

“He and I spoke, so it wasn’t a surprise to us that he’s not here,” Payton said, via Mike Triplett of ESPN.com. “I don’t agree with it. But it is optional, and that’s his choice.”

Payton also confirmed that the team does not plan to bring in a running back to provide assistance for Alvin Kamara during Ingram’s absence. Sixth-round pick Boston Scott joins Jonathan Williams and Trey Edmunds as in-house options for that role.

7 responses to “Saints don’t expect to see Mark Ingram until mandatory minicamp

  1. This guy was juiced up the wazoo. No wonder he had such a big year in an otherwise very meh career, certainly not living up to the production you’d expect from a Heisman winner. I guess he felt this was a contract year and he had to live up to the hype. He took a big gamble on PEDs and lost. Now he’s using his lawyer to “vigorously deny” his positive result. He shouldn’t get a raise until he can prove he can produce without being juiced up like Brian Cushing.

  2. Getting suspended and boycotting camp is definitely the first 2 steps in the “I want a new contract manual”. If he can get arrested in the next month or 2, he’ll have nailed the trifecta of bargaining prowess.

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