Mark Ingram Gets Another NFL Chance
Former Alabama running back and Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram, has been given another chance in the NFL. The Houston Texans have inked Ingram to a one-year deal, worth up to $3 million, per Adam Schefter on Twitter.
Ingram's carries saw a significant dip last season with the emerging of Gus Edwards and JK Dobbins for Baltimore, leading to the team releasing the 10-year veteran back in January. Since his release, Ingram has waited for another opportunity with an NFL team, staying in shape in the process.
Ingram, the 28th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, spent eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints where he rushed for over 1000 yards in the two seasons he started more than ten games. After being pushed out of town by emerging superstar Alvin Kamara, Ingram found himself in Baltimore where his career saw a resurgence.
Ingram rushed for 1,018 yards in 2019 behind the stellar run attack of Baltimore's offense, but with concerns of age as well as two much younger running backs emerging in Edwards and Dobbins, Ingram's time in Baltimore was over just as quickly as it started.
While Ingram's days of rushing for over 1000 yards may be behind him, his experience and leadership are perfect for a struggling organization like the Houston Texans. With stability on the offense being almost nonexistent due to their quarterback no longer wanting to play there, the move to bring Ingram in makes sense.
The Texans got Ingram on a relatively cheap deal, and will most likely use him in tandem with David Johnson who took a pay cut to make space for the team to add some pieces this offseason. It's unlikely Ingram will see much of a return-to-form for his career in Houston, but for the Alabama alum to continue getting opportunities proves his worth among the NFL's best.
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