Sources: Mark Ingram signed one-year extension before trade to Saints

Sources: Mark Ingram signed one-year extension before trade to Saints

Saints’ next running back cut his salary from $ 1.5 million to $ 1.075 million and ditched his game bonuses

Mark Ingram signed a one-year contract extension through 2022 worth up to $ 2.8 million, sources told ESPN’s Field Yates., which was signed before it was officially transferred to New Orleans Saints, as he received a $ 250,000 signing bonus from Houston Texans and agreed to lower his base salary rate from $ 1.5 million to $ 1.075 million for this year, as well as ditch his game bonuses.

In 2022, Ingram will earn a base salary of $ 1.5 million, a roster bonus of $ 300,000, to be paid on the fifth day of the league year, $ 500,000 in roster bonuses per game, and the same amount through incentives.. Houston will receive a 2024 seventh-round pick as part of the trade, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ingram said he appreciated the Texans for giving him this opportunity. after the Saints called and inquired about his availability.

“They said if it was any other team, this wouldn’t even be a discussion,” Ingram said. “But out of respect for myself and what I’ve done throughout my career and how I got started (in New Orleans), they wanted to give me the option to make a decision and let me sleep. I walked in and said, ‘Coach David Culley, Nick Caserio I thank you for giving me the opportunity to play and believe in me. ‘I don’t take that for granted. “

“But to be able to have the opportunity to go back home to where I started and to be able to help them fight for a championship, it’s almost something I couldn’t let go of.”

This move helps the Saints, who have faced severe salary caps throughout the year.. New Orleans cut more than $ 110 million to go under the cap in March and have routinely made moves to adjust to the league’s salary cap under general manager Mickey Loomis and vice president of soccer administration Khai Harley.

The exchange also reunites Ingram with running back Alvin Kamara.. At the time, the pair formed one of the best running back duos in NFL history.. Nicknamed “Boom and Zoom,” they became the first duo to hit 1,500 yards in the same season in 2017, and the first in more than 40 years to make the Pro Bowl starting roster.

“Yeah @markingramII … we’re back,” Kamara tweeted in response to the reported exchange.

Ingram said he and Kamara had talked about the idea of ​​a possible reunion even before he knew the team was considering it.. “I was like, ‘Do you need help there or what?'” Ingram said of Kamara’s heavier workload this season.

The Saints desperately needed running back depth after releasing veteran Latavius ​​Murray in September and losing backup Tony Jones Jr. to injury.

Ingram, 31, spent his first eight seasons in New Orleans after being drafted in the first round in 2011, adding 6,007 rushing yards, 1,598 receiving yards and 55 touchdowns before the Saints let him go as a free agent in 2019. Ingram spent 2019 and 2020 in Baltimore.

Ingram is just 89 rushing yards behind Deuce McAllister for New Orleans’ franchise record.

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