Mark Ingram comes to the Baltimore Ravens at the right price and the Ravens improve their backfield group:
According to Dianna Russini and Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Baltimore Ravens have come to a contract agreement with Mark Ingram. Ingram comes to the Baltimore Ravens from the New Orleans Saints. Many Ravens fans wanted Le’Veon Bell, but grabbing Ingram and Earl Thomas on the same day is a great day for the purple and black.
The most important part of all this is the reported contract Ingram will play under with the Ravens. It’s a three year $15 million deal. $5 million per season is not breaking the bank for Ingram, and therefore it is a worthy investment for the Ravens. Ingram, who probably has more left in the tank than most 30 year old running backs is going to be a real asset in helping Lamar Jackson.
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While the Ravens have a plethora of downhill runners that like to knife through the defense, this move is exactly what the Ravens needed at the running back spot. Ingram is a safety valve if ever there was one for the passing game. When in doubt, Jackson can dump it down to Ingram for a safe gain.
As a pass catcher and a pass blocker, Ingram unquestionably becomes the Ravens best back. It’s also not a bad thing that all the backs in the Ravens’ toy chest fit the exact mold that Greg Roman tends to want. Don’t think this is by mistake. This move has coach Roman all over it.
Ingram has had two 50 reception seasons. When he’s a workhorse of the offense he is capable of having 1,000 yards on the ground. In tandem with Edwards and Dixon, Ingram should be able to put up respectable numbers. Ingram has 50 career touchdowns and his nose for the end zone, can’t be overlooked. Ingram is a good player and this is a perfect move that took patience and discipline from the Ravens. The Jets can have Le’Veon Bell because the Ravens got a bargain.
One of the proposed knocks about targeting Ingram was the price. People pointed to Tevin Coleman as a cheaper alternative or the draft as an even better bargain. $5 million per season is exactly what the Ravens should be paying for a move like this. It doesn’t fill a dire need, but it makes the team better and it improves a standing strength of the team, running the football.