Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) carries the ball during warmups prior to kickoff against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Saints declined Mark Ingram's fifth-year option

The New Orleans Saints had to make a decision on running back Mark Ingram and the fifth year option on his contract. It didn’t really seem like much of a decision though, with a career high of 602 yards rushing in a season, he wouldn’t have been worth the $5 million he would’ve been owed. Especially in a market that doesn’t benefit running backs, they could keep Ingram for less once he hit the open market if they wanted to.

First, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that the Saints would not be picking up the option.

The deadline has come and gone and it looks like the Saints didn’t pick it up, as expected.

From New Orleans Times-Picayune:

A league source said there had been no movement involving an extension as of Friday afternoon and there’s no indication via the NFLPA that an extension had been issued. As of Saturday morning, it listed Ingram’s contract ending in 2014.

So after the 2014 season, Ingram will be hitting free agency.

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