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Ravens sign former Saints RB Mark Ingram

Mark Ingram
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BALTIMORE – The Ravens have officially signed free-agent running back Mark Ingram, adding another hammer to the Ravens’ run game and add a dangerous receiving threat out of the backfield.

The three-year deal is worth a reported $15 million, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

An eight-year NFL veteran and two-time Pro Bowler (2014 and 2017), Ingram rushed for more than 1,000 yards in two of the last three seasons. He has also been an effective pass catcher out of the backfield with 104 receptions over the past three seasons.

At the NFL Combine, Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said Gus Edwards was the Ravens’ No. 1 running back ahead of Kenneth Dixon, but that the Ravens would look to bring in competition.

For the past two seasons, Ingram has been part of a potent one-two running back combination in New Orleans with Alvin Kamara. An effective red-zone runner, Ingram has 50 career rushing touchdowns, which is a Saints franchise record. He had six last year and 12 in 2017. By splitting time with Kamara, Ingram has less wear and tear on his legs than other running backs his age. He has not missed a game due to injury since 2015.

Ingram was suspended the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs, but still finished with 645 rushing yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry. He had back-to-back 100-yard games last season – 104 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10, and 103 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11.

Ingram has also grown as a receiving option during his career. He hauled in 58 passes for 416 yards in 2017. That would help complement Edwards, who caught just two passes for 20 yards last season.

Ingram has spent his entire career with the Saints after winning the Heisman Trophy at Alabama in 2009 and being drafted in the first round by New Orleans in 2011. However, the Saints have reached an agreement with free agent running back Latavius Murray, paving the way for Ingram to go elsewhere and opening the door for the Ravens.

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