Mark Ingram hopes to remain in New Orleans beyond this season

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Saints running back Mark Ingram becomes a free agent in the offseason. He made it clear he hopes to return to the Saints.

“I was drafted here,” Ingram said, via Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune. “I met my wife here. My children were born here. Very rarely does anybody get to spend their career in one place. I love New Orleans. I love this team. I love this organization, so we’ll see. We’ll see what happens. I hope we win a Super Bowl and hopefully everything works out. It’s a business, and I hope everything works out. I love it here. . . .I’m not looking just to leave New Orleans. I’m not looking to just up and leave New Orleans. My squad, you know we’ve got a good squad. I feel like we could do this type of thing for many more years. I’m not looking just to bail out of New Orleans.”

The Saints used the 28th overall choice on Ingram in 2011, and he has rushed for 6,007 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career. The team has paired him with Alvin Kamara the past two seasons to form one of the best running back tandems in the NFL.

So the Saints surely want to keep Ingram beyond this season but at the right price as he will turn 30 in December.

6 responses to “Mark Ingram hopes to remain in New Orleans beyond this season

  1. Being a 1st round pick in his 5th season might be too expensive for the Saints. He made a good case for the Saints keeping him with his play this year. The Saints make odd transactions like trading Jimmy Graham but that was at the peak of his career. Ingram is hurting his negotiations for a new contract by saying he wants to stay because of family. That is not how to negotiate.

  2. He claims he wants to stay. He can control that if he doesn’t ask for more money than they are willing to pay.

  3. I would love to see him stay but the Saints have too many other guys they have to sign. With Ingram up in age or close to it he needs his payday now. He obviously recognizes it with his comment, “it is a business”. Hopefully it all works out for both sides.

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