New Orleans Saints are set to lose one of their star players to free agency next summer after NFL insider Ian Rapoport revealed that running back Mark Ingram will test free agency.
The Saints declined Mark Ingram's fifth-year option on his rookie contract last offseason, and Ingram made that decision look like a misguided one last Sunday when the powerful tailback reeled off a career high 172 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown in New Orleans' crucial win over the Green Bay Packers.
Ingram's value in the Saints' offense is becoming higher by the day, which makes the possibility of the former Alabama tailback leaving all the more worrying for Saints' fans. The news was reported by Rapoport on Thursday, with the NFL insider getting the knowledge from two sources informed of the running back's current situation.
Ingram wants out
Ingram is currently in the midst of an intense shared carry competition at the Saints that is severely affecting his ability to put up big numbers on a regular basis. It's likely that this is one of the major reasons why Ingram wants to test free agency, that and the obvious money making desires of any normal football player.
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Tough times for Ingram
It looked as though this season was Ingram's first real chance to show the NFL what he's truly made him. The former Heisman Trophy started the season with two outstanding games, gaining an average of 70 rushing yards a game and scoring three short yardage touchdowns. But in the second of those games, disaster struck.
Ingram suffered a broken hand injury in the Saints' 26-24 defeat to the Cleveland Browns in week two. He left a game in which he had already got 104 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown.
However, Ingram got back to where he left off with an awesome display in the Saints' 44-23 win over the Packers in week eight. Even though Detroit managed to bottle him up on his return in week seven, it hasn't taken Ingram long to get up to speed, and it's highly likely by seasons end that Ingram will see his free agency value increase quite considerably.