• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Saints RB Mark Ingram rushes for 50, scores in Sunday loss

    Saints featured back Mark Ingram rushed 14 times for 50 yards and a touchdown and caught all five of his targets for 49 yards Sunday against Carolina. Ingram continues to dominate the carries out of the backfield, but he is also becoming a very serviceable receiver, as he has caught 16 passes in three games after snagging a career-high 29 all of last season (13 games). Up next is a Week 4 game against the Cowboys, who were very good against the run in the first two weeks of the season but got burned in Week 3 by Devonta Freeman.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Saints RB Mark Ingram gets rushing touchdown Sunday

    Saints running back Mark Ingram rushed 16 times for 53 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes on three targets for five receiving yards Sunday against the Bucs. Despite the return of C.J. Spiller from a knee injury, Ingram continued to dominate the touches out of the backfield, though Khiry Robinson was impressive with his limited touches (five carries for 48 yards). Spiller is going to mostly be used in the passing game, so while he could poach a carry here or there, Ingram is still expected to get a big part of the backfield workload. Up next is a Week 3 trip to Carolina.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Saints RB Mark Ingram does most damage as receiver Sunday

    Mark Ingram contributed far more as a receiver than as a runner in his first game as a clear featured back with the Saints on Sunday. Ingram rushed just nine times for a mere 24 yards, but led both teams with eight catches for 98 yards. He will attempt to gain more on the ground when the Saints host Tampa Bay in Week 2.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Saints RB Mark Ingram dealing with minor ankle/foot issue

    Saints running back Mark Ingram was held out of last week's OTA sessions because of a foot/ankle issue, reports ESPN.com. Despite being held out last week and not practicing this week, coach Sean Payton said Ingram had no significant injury, but the team was being cautious.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Sean Payton: C.J. Spiller the 'most explosive player on the field'

    Saints coach Sean Payton is thrilled to have landed running back C.J. Spiller, who will team with Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson in one of the league's top backfields. "I think we expected Spiller to be somewhere else with a higher number. But it all worked out," Payton told The Advocate. Spiller joined the Saints on a four-year, $16 million deal."His cutup is unbelievable," Payton said of Spiller. "And I'm not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel."So when you watch his film you think of a lot of things he can do. He's physical, he's the most explosive player on the field a lot of times when you're watching him. … So he's an exciting player that clearly heading into free agency there wasn't any thought about and then after that first rush there was some interest and I think to his agent's credit they looked at it from a how he was going to be used standpoint, the system, the offense and wanting to be a part of it and we feel the same way."

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Report: RB Mark Ingram getting $7.6 million guaranteed

    Running back Mark Ingram's four-year deal with the Saints is worth $16 million, including $7.6 million guaranteed, reports the National Football Post. Ingram will receive a $3.6 million signing bonus, the report added. Ingram set career highs in 2014 with 964 rushing yards and nine touchdowns despite missing three games with injuries.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Saints announce four-year deal with Mark Ingram

    The Saints announced Sunday that running back Mark Ingram has been signed to a four-year contract. "I'm excited to continue my career in Black and Gold," Ingram said. "I'd like to thank my family, the Saints organization and my teammates. I'm glad that now we can turn our attention back to football and working hard to get better as a team with the ultimate goal of winning a championship." After being selected in the first round of the 2011 draft, Ingram has appeared in 50 games with the Saints during his four-year career. He rushed for 964 yards on 226 carries with nine touchdowns in 2014, adding 145 yards on 29 receptions.

  • by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

    Saints sign Mark Ingram to four-year, $16 million deal

    Running back Mark Ingram has signed a four-year deal worth $16 million to remain with the Saints, per CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Ingram had career highs in rushing yards with 964 and rushing touchdowns with nine in 2014. The fifth-year running back was set to hit the free agent market in two days if the two sides were not able to get a deal done.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Saints release RB Pierre Thomas

    The Saints released 30-year-old running back Pierre Thomas, reports The New Orleans Times Picayune. He had two years and $4.3 million left on his contract. Thomas missed five games last season due to foot and rib injuries. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry in eight years with the Saints, catching 327 passes and scoring 40 total touchdowns. With Mark Ingram headed to free agency, the Saints' top runners under contract are Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Sean Payton hopeful about retaining RB Mark Ingram

    Despite the fact that New Orleans is $22 million above the salary cap, Saints coach Sean Payton expressed optimism about the team's chances of re-signing free agent running back Mark Ingram, per The Advocate. "I spoke with him today," Payton told the paper Monday nght. "The good thing about Mark is that we're real close with his agent. We work a lot with Joel (Segal). [GM] Mickey [Loomis] will talk with him quite a bit. Obviously he's someone that we want to keep. Hopefully we can do that." In 13 games last season, Ingram ran for 964 yards and nine touchdowns while catching 29 passes for 145 yards. According to NFL.com, it's unlikely the Saints can afford to bring back Ingram.