Mark Ingram RB NO 1 Month

Ingram rushed eight times for 83 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason opener against the Rams.

Ingram, who split the first-half workload with Khiry Robinson, picked on the Rams' starters and backups. While it can't hurt that he's listed atop the initial depth chart, Ingram figures to work in tandem with Robinson and Pierre Thomas, as is tradition in New Orleans.

Mark Ingram RB NO 2 Months4 Comments

Mark Ingram opened Saints training camp as the first-team running back.

Coach Sean Payton referred to Ingram as "one of our starters," while Pierre Thomas ran with the twos. "He's a guy that we felt played very well in the last half of the season," Payton said of Ingram. "It's a position where we obviously carry depth, because it's a position that gets nicked up." Including playoffs, Ingram rushed 55 times for 374 yards (6.8 YPC) and two touchdowns in the four games he received at least ten carries last season. The Saints are likely to continue utilizing a three-man backfield, however.

Mark Ingram RB NO 4 Months

Mark Ingram confirmed his contract status will serve as motivation this year.

Mark Ingram RB NO 5 Months

GM Mickey Loomis confirmed that declining Mark Ingram's fifth-year option was a "financial decision."

It would have cost the Saints $5.2 million to exercise Ingram's option for 2015, an exorbitant number when compared to the current running back market. Making him play out 2014 as a contract year should not be taken as a lack of faith. Ingram will have every chance to beat out Khiry Robinson for the big-back role and earn the most carries of his career.

Mark Ingram RB NO 5 Months

Saints declined Mark Ingram's fifth-year option.

It's an easy call, as Ingram's 2015 option would cost over $5 million, and the 2013 running back market didn't exceed $4 million a year. The Saints could still retain Ingram following the season, but he will play out 2014 as his contract year. He'll be fighting with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson for carries. We like Robinson as a sneaky bet to lead the team in rushing attempts.

Mark Ingram RB NO 5 Months

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora confirms the Saints do not plan to pick up Mark Ingram's fifth-year option.

It's an easy call, as Ingram's 2015 option would cost over $5 million, and the 2013 running back market didn't exceed $4 million a year. The Saints could still retain Ingram following the season, but he will play out 2014 as his contract year. He'll be fighting with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson for carries. We like Robinson as a sneaky bet to lead the team in rushing attempts.

Mark Ingram RB NO 5 Months6 Comments

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the Saints are undecided on whether to pick up Mark Ingram's fifth-year option for 2015.

Ingram would cost $5.2 million in 2015, so New Orleans would be better suited to work out a long-term deal. Still just 24, Ingram has averaged 4.1 yards per carry through his first three seasons. The Saints have until May 3 to make a decision.

Mark Ingram RB NO 6 Months

Coach Sean Payton said at the NFL meetings that the Saints have had "no discussions" about exercising Mark Ingram's fifth-year club option.

The Saints have Ingram signed for 2014 at $1,386,375, but won't pay much more than that to retain him for 2015, if they even have plans to do the latter at all. Ingram is averaging 4.11 yards per carry through three NFL seasons.

Mark Ingram RB NO 7 Months

The New Orleans Times-Picayune envisions an expanded role for Mark Ingram in 2014.

We hear this every offseason, of course, but the Saints' release of Darren Sproles and attempts to trade Pierre Thomas indicate coach Sean Payton is truly, finally committed to more of a traditional, under-center rushing attack. Ingram quietly averaged 4.9 YPC on his final 78 carries of 2013. The 24-year-old will duke it out with Khiry Robinson to be New Orleans' lead ball carrier.

Mark Ingram RB NO 8 Months

Mark Ingram rushed 10 times for 49 yards in New Orleans' Divisional Round loss to the Seahawks, also losing a fumble.

Ingram was targeted twice in the passing game, but held without a catch. He committed a horrendous third-down drop on New Orleans' opening drive. The 2011 first-rounder closes the book on his third NFL campaign with a career-low 386 yards on 78 carries. That comes out to a solid 4.9 yards per carry, but was goosed by a monster day against Dallas' nonexistent run defense. Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Ingram deserves to keep his roster spot, but still hasn't done anything to show he's capable of being anything other than a committee back. His Dynasty-league value is middling.