Unclaimed on waivers, Mark Ingram can now sign with a playoff team

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We’re gathering more information regarding the unconventional decision of the Baltimore Ravens to waive multiple players in the aftermath of their postseason-ending loss to the Bills.

As previously explained, any player claimed on waivers now won’t officially join his new team until after the Super Bowl. If, however, the player passes through waivers unclaimed, he immediately becomes a free agent.

That provision allowed cornerback Tramon Williams, waived earlier this week by the Ravens and unclaimed, to sign with the Packers. If also will allow running back Mark Ingram to sign with one of the remaining teams, now that he has cleared waivers.

A team could have claimed Ingram on waivers simply to keep him from, for example, the Bills. That happened in 2002, when Washington waived Deion Sanders from the reserve/retired list so that he could sign with the Raiders for the Super Bowl run. The Chargers claimed Sanders on waivers, a vindictive move by former Washington coach Marty Schottenheimer, whose hiring in Washington eventually prompted Sanders to retire.

It’s the kind of move that likely would have been met with frustration by Ingram, who presumably wants to pursue his first NFL championship. It also could turn other players off to the team that does it.

As to the Ravens, they waived these players for the opposite reason. By giving the players a shot at landing with another team following Baltimore’s exit from the postseason instead of squatting on them until after the Super Bowl, the Ravens have scored points with other players who may be thinking about joining the Ravens in the future.

As to Ingram, because he cleared waivers he can now be signed by one of the remaining teams.

30 responses to “Unclaimed on waivers, Mark Ingram can now sign with a playoff team

  1. I don’t think any of the 4 remaining teams want him anyway, but out of the 4 maybe the Bills, they could use the depth and veteran RB experience.

  2. Bills need to jump on this. If only for his press conference introduction of Josh Allen. Woo Woo

  3. If BUFFALO doesn’t sign him NOW somebody needs to be fired immediately. It’s a gift that he’s available to a team desperate for veteran stability. SIGN HIM.

  4. Any D-minus fantasy league commissioner would know to close this loophole to maintain the competitive balance of the final four.

  5. There’s one team whose power back went down in the playoffs and has sorely been missed. That’s the Bills. The question they have to answer is whether he is better than Yeldon.

  6. If you’re the Bills you have to. Pound this dude down their throats Sunday. You think Ingram might have some fire in his tummy

  7. Bills would make sense, but I think he hopes for KC of GB giving him a look. Higher probability there to win a ring right now. I pull for the Bills.

  8. Buffalo won’t sign him for only 2 games…and YES Chiefs fans, the Bills are playing TWO more games!

  9. You score points with free agents by offering more money than 31 other teams. End of story.

  10. Don’t see why he would sign anywhere without guaranteed money for next season attached or incentives for this post season. Salary is fixed for all players in the postseason and he may be down to his final season.

  11. If CEH can’t go, the Chiefs should go get him for the last two games…and YES Bills fans, this is why the Chiefs will be playing TWO more games!

  12. The Bills should sign him … he is rested and ready … Keep Mahomes on the sideline and run the ball !

  13. He got benched at the beginning of the year by a primarily running team. I am not so sure that he is even signed for next year.

  14. I think if RoJo is still limited and Shady is out, it would be entertaining to see Ingram paired with Fornett and Vaughn to pound the rock on the frozen tundra!

  15. In case anyone needs an old slow RB who can’t outrun a DT for their Super Bowl run.

  16. No matter who picks him up… he is going to be an emergency backup…. to get up to speed on how each offense blocks… terminology and everything else… he would not know anything except the basics and it would take more then two weeks. But that is IMO.

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