Ingram is expected to reach the free-agent market in March, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, via two sources informed of the running back's situation.
Per Rapoport, one scout who has studied Ingram believes the former first-round draft pick is finally realizing his substantial talent due to increased confidence and the late 2013 shift to an inside/outside blocking scheme that emphasizes his strengths.
Ingram is a 24-year-old back with an every-down skill set, fresh legs, a first-round pedigree and breakout potential. Reading between the lines, his camp is confident in a big 2015 pay day.
Already up against the salary cap, general manager Mickey Loomis might have to consider the franchise or transition tag if Ingram continues to flirt with 6.0 yards per carry as an offensive fulcrum.