Mark Ingram is a late-round pick only, and likely only in non-PPR. He left one of the best run offenses in football for a Houston Texans team that ranked dead last in running back rush attempts in 2020. It's still unclear how Ingram fits with David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay, but he should be drafted long after both of them.
Ingram could find himself on the wrong side of the Texans' roster bubble once the preseason concludes, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. There's no hard intel here, but rather idle speculation based on the fact the Texans are deep at running back. The additions of Phillip Lindsay and the recently signed Rex Burkhead to the 53-man roster could leave Ingram as the odd man out. All three are currently behind David Johnson on the depth chart, and it doesn't help Ingram's cause that he doesn't augment his value on offense by contributing on special teams like Burkhead does.
Ingram is signing with the Texans on a one-year contract worth up to $3 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Ravens released Ingram in January after he closed out the 2020 season buried behind J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards on the depth chart. A move to Houston should lead Ingram to some carries, but he'll likely enter camp behind David Johnson, who restructured his contract just last week. Johnson now has $4.25 million guaranteed out of a potential $6 million in 2021 compensation, so there's no question the Texans made more of a commitment to him than to Ingram. The ongoing Deshaun Watson situation makes it hard to get a read on the team context in Houston, but it's probably safe to say Ingram won't be a TD machine in his age-31/32 season.
Ingram has been waived by the Ravens, Ryan Mink of the team's official site reports. Ingram became an afterthought in team's rushing attack as the 2020 season progressed, with J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards emerging as the team's lead backs. The Ravens will save $5 million against their 2021 salary cap with the move. The 2011 first-rounder will now look to catch on elsewhere after finishing up his second campaign with Baltimore with 72 carries for 299 yards and two TDs in 11 games, to go along with six catches for 50 yards.
Ingram has been informed by the Ravens he will be released on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Ingram was a frequent healthy scratch in the later half of the Ravens' season and is owed $5 million next year, so this is not a surprising outcome. He posted career-low numbers across the board in 2020, ending the campaign with 299 yards and two touchdowns on 72 rushing attempts. It looks like the 31-year-old will have to look for a new opportunity in the offseason.
Ingram (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's playoff game against the Bills. With Ingram inactive Saturday, as expected, Baltimore's backfield is in line to be led by J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, with Justice Hill also on hand.
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|5||10/10||New England Patriots||21||18.88|
|8||10/31||Los Angeles Rams||6||14.56|
|12||11/28||New York Jets||20||18.00|
|16||12/26||Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|17||01/02||@San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
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