Mark Ingram is going back to where he started his NFL career. The Texans are trading an experienced man returning to the Saints, reports Tom Pelisero of the NFL Network (via Twitter). The terms of the deal are still being finalized, but Pelisero tweeted that it is expected to include “late-future choices”.
Ingram was first-round pick by the Saints in 2011 and spent the first eight seasons of his career in New Orleans. In his first tenure with the organization, he saw time in 106 regular season games (63 starts) and collected a total of 55 touchdowns. In his last two years in New Orleans, Ingram teamed up with Alvin Camara for one of the best running back tandem in the league, both of whom are considering a second remake.
Ingram signed a three-year deal with the Ravens in 2019 but did so in just two seasons with the organization. This past offseason he caught up with the Texans and started each of his first seven games, collecting 318 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown.
Saints are looking to run back which can help ease the workload of their starter. Kamara currently averages 19 runs per game, a significant jump from the 11.2 attempts he averaged in his first four seasons in the NFL. Ingram should move to second place on the RB Depth Chart and it will push ahead of the likes of Dwayne Washington, Devin Ozigbo, Tony Jones Jr. (who is on injured reserve) and the practice team will bring Lamar Miller and Riquel Armstad down even further. Peking order.
1-6 Texans are starting their fireworks, so it’s no surprise they decided to move on from their 31st year. Of course, the team’s room chart for the spot still includes veterans including David Johnson and Rex Burkehead.