Will Saints pick up Mark Ingram's '15 contract option?


The New Orleans Saints dumped Darren Sproles and reportedly shopped Pierre Thomas this offseason, but that doesn't mean the future finally is in Mark Ingram's hands.

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The Saints do not intend to exercise the fifth-year option on Ingram's rookie contract, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

Ingram's option would net him $5 million in 2015. It's hardly a surprise that the Saints would pass.

Oft-injured since being drafted at No. 28 overall three years ago, Ingram never has rushed for more than 602 yards in a season and has shown a troubling lack of playmaking ability.

The Saints figure to go with a three-headed backfield of Ingram, Thomas and Khiry Robinson. Without an opportunity for a heavy workload, Ingram will have a hard time rising above the current punter-level scale for free-agent running backs next offseason.

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