And he just might cash in on it.
According to the terms of Ingram's four-year, $16 million contract signed in 2015, there is a key clause that may allow him to be a free agent in 2018 based on his performance in 2017.
This was known at the time Ingram signed it. It never mattered much until now.
Suddenly, on the heels of back-to-back 100-yard games for the division-leading Saints, Ingram could automatically void his 2018 year and earn a third contract.
Per the terms of his deal, if Ingram is chosen as a First-Team All-Pro by the Associated Press this year, his contract automatically voids and cancels out a 2018 season that would have seen him earn $4.6 million. It also would have voided if he went to the Pro Bowl twice, but that can't happen now.
Ingram has rushed for 806 yards on 155 carries with eight touchdowns, while adding 213 receiving yards. He's averaging a whopping 5.2 yards per rush -- more than a full yard-per-rush better than leading rusher Le'Veon Bell.
If Ingram keeps going the way he's going, and if he gets an assist from sports writers who vote on the All-Pro team, he will have earned his freedom.