Mark Ingram Reunites with Saints in Midseason Trade
According to multiple reports, former Alabama Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram is heading back to the team that initially drafted him in 2011, the New Orleans Saints. Terms of the trade between the Houston Texans and the Saints have not been disclosed.
Ingram had signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Houston Texans prior to the 2021 season. In seven games, Ingram rushed 92 times for 292 yards and a touchdown while splitting carries with fellow ex-Pro Bowl backs David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay.
Ingram was drafted by New Orleans with the 28th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He spent eight seasons with the Saints, rushing 1,321 times for 6,007 yards and 50 touchdowns. He added 228 receptions for 1,598 yards and five touchdowns through the air.
Interestingly, Ingram is just 89 yards away from surpassing Deuce McAllister to become the Saints' all-time leading rusher.
He left the Saints following the 2018 season to join the Baltimore Ravens through free agency where he signed a three-year, $15 million deal. He only played through two seasons for Baltimore before a crowded backfield, his pricetag and age forced the Ravens to release him.
While at Alabama, Ingram was a key piece in building the cornerstone that makes the program what it is today. In 2009, Ingram rushed for 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns en route to winning the first Heisman Trophy in program history as well as the 13th national championship for the Crimson Tide.
In his career, he rushed for 3,261 yards, good for 7th all-time, and 42 touchdowns, good for 2nd all-time.