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Mark Ingram working primarily with first team
by Larry Hartstein |

Saints running back Mark Ingram spent most of Saturday's practice working with the first team, and coach Sean Payton referred to him as "one of our starters," reports the New Orleans Times Picayune. Pierre Thomas worked a lot with the reserves, the paper said.

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.

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Saints decision on Mark Ingram based on money
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Even though the Saints declined the fifth-year option on running back Mark Ingram for the 2015 season, general manager Mickey Loomis still has high expectations for him this year, reports ESPN.

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."

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La Canfora: Saints won't pick up Mark Ingram's option
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports that the Saints "do not intend" to pick up the fifth-year option on running back Mark Ingram, making him a free agent after this season. The option would have cost the team a reported $5.2 million for 2015. 

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Saints facing deadline on Mark Ingram
by Larry Hartstein |

The Saints have until May 3 to pick up the fifth-year option on running back Mark Ingram. The option would cost the team about $5.2 million in base salary for 2015.

"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."

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Mark Ingram wants to prove he's an every-down back
by Larry Hartstein |

Saints running back Mark Ingram said he's shocked by the impending release of Darren Sproles and possible trade of Pierre Thomas, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Ingram called the situation "a double-edged sword" because it appears he's headed for a bigger role.

"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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