Ingram is "a guy that we felt played very well in the last half of the season," Payton said. "It's a position where we obviously carry depth, because it's a position that gets nicked up in our game. (Ingram) is smart. He's tough. He runs with good pad level. So far, he's doing well."
Ingram will try to separate himself in a crowded backfield that includes Thomas, Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet.
Even though the
The decision not to pick up the option was purely based on money. It would have cost the Saints $5.2 million for the 2015 season, which is more than the going rate for running backs these days.
"That’s a financial decision: the amount of the tender versus what the market value for running backs has been," Loomis said. "I like Mark. I talked to Mark before we made that decision. I told him it wasn't reflective on what we thought about him. It was just a business decision, a financial decision. We have high expectations for him, and I hope he has a great year."
CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports that the
"I'm not sure if they will pick up the fifth-year option," Ingram told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I'm just working one day at a time and I'm just glad I'm on a team that's a championship contender."
"It's an exciting time in my career," Ingram told the paper. "I just want to take advantage of my situation and the opportunity that's presenting itself. Just want to prove to the organization that I can be the back they wanted, an every-down back, type of playmaker that they need.
"I'm excited about my situation. It's unfortunate to see a lot of guys go, but I'm excited about my opportunity that I have coming up."
Ingram averaged a career-high 4.9 yards per carry last season.
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