Rumors have circulated that Mark Ingram and the New Orleans Saints are at a bit of a crossroads and that the former-first-round pick could be on his way out of Louisiana. Considering I predicted Ingram to break out in 2013, it’s pretty hard to imagine that the once-promising running back could be a free agent before the season even ends.
Listen — if Ingram doesn’t start showing NFL teams that he deserves to be on the field then he could easily be on the streets this time next year.
One of the few things keeping Ingram on the Saints’ roster is the fact that New Orleans is too stubborn to admit that it made a mistake by selecting Ingram with the 28th-overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Granted, Ingram has had a lot of competition in years prior with Chris Ivory, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas all taking up space in the Saints’ backfield.
However, that has nothing to do with the fact that Ingram is averaging 1.8 yards per carry in 2013. Besides, this was supposed to be the year that head coach Sean Payton expanded Ingram’s role in the offense — it’s obvious that Payton was just blowing smoke earlier in the off-season. Now, the talks of Ingram getting dealt to an ailing team like the New York Giants are sure to heat up, but if this running back doesn’t get with the program then he could be permanently out of job here soon.