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The Baltimore Ravens are making moves this Wednesday. After agreeing to sign Earl Thomas to a big contract, they’re also landing running back Mark Ingram.

Ian Rapoport noted the deal is a three-year contract worth $15 million.



What it means: Just as signing Thomas should do big things for Baltimore’s defense, the Ingram deal should provide the offense with a huge boost.

  • Baltimore is completely revamping the offense this offseason to fit the unique skill set of second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson.
  • Providing Jackson with a veteran back like Ingram fits right in line with the needs of the new offensive approach.

What Ingram brings to the table: The former Heisman Trophy winner has emerged in recent years as a premier power back who can also make plays in the passing game.

  • Since 2013, Ingram has averaged no less than 4.3 yards per carry each season.
  • Since that time, he’s tallied 4,931 yards on 1,043 carries, an average of 4.73 yards per tote.
  • Additionally, Ingram has hauled in 211 receptions for 1,531 yards and five touchdowns.
  • Better still, despite his age (29), Ingram has shouldered a relatively light workload for most of his career and still has plenty left in the tank.

What the offense will look like: Ingram joins second-year star Gus Edwards in the same backfield as Jackson, who is one of the most exciting dual-threat quarterbacks in the league today.

Here’s a look at what all three players did on the ground last year:

  • Ingram: 645 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and six touchdowns
  • Edwards: 718 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and two touchdowns
  • Jackson: 695 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and five touchdowns


Put it all together and that’s quite a potent backfield.

Look for offensive coordinator Greg Roman — known for his exotic running schemes, and for his work with mobile quarterbacks — to put together a run-centric scheme this year that will methodically wear down defenses. He will stress linebackers with stretch plays, screens and misdirection, forcing them to cover every inch from sideline to sideline.


Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.