3 Most Likely Mark Ingram Free Agent Destinations
Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram was released by the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday following his second season with the team. The 31-year-old former first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints is now available to NFL other teams. Ingram will hit the open market and does not have to wait for free agency in March.
Ingram saw his playing time dimish in 2020 and appeared in just 11 games. He's a year removed from his third 1,000 yard rushing campaign in 2019 when he rushed for 10 TD's and added five more receiving touchdowns.
Where will the running back end up next? Here are three teams that could add the veteran soon or in free agency.
1. Atlanta Falcons
Mark Ingram could return to his former division in the NFC South. Atlanta Falcons top running back Todd Gurley is a free agent and Ito Smith doesn't exactly scream long-term solution. Ingram could be a productive part of a backfield committee for a team that lacks depth and a proven starter.
2. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills just eliminated the Ravens from the playoffs, but the Bills' running game could use more depth. Buffalo does have a pair of young running backs that shared the load this season. Devin Singletary (687) and Zack Moss (481) combined for more than 1,100 rushing yards, but neither has been productive in the playoffs. Moss also suffered an ankle injury and did not play against the Ravens. Third-string running back T.J. Yeldon barely played this season and is a free agent. The Bills would be wise to add a proven and productive running back to their winning culture.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers had the league's worst rushing attack in 2020 averaging just 82.5 yards per game and 3.6 yards per rush. James Conner (721 yards) led the team in rushing and he's now an unrestricted free agent. That leaves just second-year RB Benny Snell (368) and rookie Anthony McFarland, Jr. (113) in the backfield if the Steelers don't bring back Conner. Pittsburgh will likely draft a running back, and potentially pursue a top running back in free agency. But Ingram can fit into a perfect veteran supporting role.
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