Baltimore Ravens veteran running back Mark Ingram had to see the writing on the wall. The former Heisman winner and three-time Pro Bowler was a healthy scratch for each of their two postseason games, last Saturday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Divisional Playoffs included.
Set to count north of $6.2 million against the cap in 2021, it really didn’t make much sense for the Ravens to retain the 31-year-old back. That’s especially true with impressive 2020 second-round pick J.K. Dobbins set to lead the charge moving forward. It’s in this that the Ravens have done Ingram a solid by letting him hit free agency early.
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Baltimore Ravens set to release Mark Ingram
NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero was the first to report the news Monday evening. However, a previous tweet from Ingram himself seemed to foretell something was going on behind the scenes. In it, the former New Orleans Saints first-round pick thanked the Ravens’ organization and their fans.
Ingram ultimately put up just 299 rushing yards at a clip of 4.2 yards per rush this past season for the Baltimore Ravens. That came on the heels of a stellar initial campaign in Maryland that saw Ingram record 1,265 total yards and 15 touchdowns en route to earning his third career Pro Bowl appearance.
In addition to Dobbins, Baltimore has another stud young back in Gus Edwards to carry the load moving forward. The two combined for nearly 1,800 total yards and 15 touchdowns during the regular season.
As for Mark Ingram, he’s said to be 100% and wants to continue playing. There’s going to be a number of contending teams interested in his services.
Now that Ingram has hit free agency good two months before it actually opens, there’s a chance he finds a job here soon. With five seasons of north of 1,100 total yards under his belt, some team will take a chance on that track record.