Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) celebrates after scoring a two-point conversion against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Mark Ingram doesn't know if New Orleans Saints will pick up his option


Although he has had his moments, former Alabama Crimson Tide and current New Orleans Saints’ running back Mark Ingram has certainly not lived up to his billing as a first round pick (The Saints took Ingram with the 28th overall pick in the 2011 Draft).

Ingram’s career-high is 602 yards and he rushed for just 386 yards and one touchdown on 78 carries in only 11 games last season.

That’s probably why the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner doesn’t know if the Saints are going to pick up his fifth-year option.

“I’m not sure if they will pick up the fifth-year option,” Ingram told Larry Holder of NOLA.com and The New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I’m just working one day at a time and I’m just glad I’m on a team that’s a championship contender.”

With Darren Sproles off to Philadelphia, the Saints will likely need Ingram to play a bigger role this season.

If the Saints do want to pick up his option, they will have to do so by May 3 and if they don’t, he will become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

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