Having already went out and signed safety Earl Thomas, the Baltimore Ravens are staying busy this morning by signing now former Saints running back Mark Ingram. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the deal is for three-years and $15 million, with the amount of guaranteed money yet to be reported.
Even after sitting out four games last season because of a PED suspension, Ingram was just as productive as he had previously been, carrying the ball for 4.7 yards per carry, which was barely down from the previous two seasons when he topped 1,000 yards. And that was with sharing the backfield with Alvin Kamara for the last two seasons. Ingram also reached the endzone 50 times during his career in New Orleans, posting a career-high 12 touchdowns in 2017.
Baltimore got hot and made it to the playoffs last season on the backs of their defense and their running game, finishing second in the league in rushing yards as a team last season, third in touchdowns, but 13th in yards per carry, so signing Ingram could really help out that number and make the running game even more dangerous and as a result, make things easier on Lamar Jackson because the play action passing game should be improved.
Baltimore has a pretty deep running back room, but Ingram should take over as the number one back, which is probably something that he was looking for after sharing the backfield with Alvin Kamara the past two seasons.
Ingram this past season was ranked as the number 16 running back in the league, according to Pro Football Focus.
The Ravens are spending on positions around the roster with Lamar Jackson being on his rookie deal, which is a pretty normal concept, but now they have to try and keep up with the Browns when it comes to upgrading this offseason to be the favorites in the AFC North, and it’s been fun to watch these teams make moves to try and become the favorites in the division.
For Ingram, he will get paid more than he was going to ever get in New Orleans, and when the Saints signed Latavius Murray it was clear Ingram would be playing elsewhere this next season, and now he’ll get the chance to be a number one back again.
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