The New Orleans Saints have some unfinished business to take care of next season, so bringing back a key piece of their offense is a main priority.
Running back Mark Ingram has met with the franchise about coming to terms on a new contract this offseason. Ingram completed his contract last season and will enter free agency if the Saints don’t sign him by March 13.
The dynamic ground duo of Ingram and Alvin Kamara aided the Saints to within one victory of reaching the Super Bowl last season.
Ingram and the Saints have mutual interest in a return.
“It’s kind of like a thing where they say they want me back, I say, ‘I want to be back,’ [and] it’s just can we compromise on the value?” Ingram said to to The Rich Eisen Show according to 247Sports. “Like I said, I’ve been there my entire career. It’s very rare that someone gets to spend their career in one place, and that would be something that would be significant. But at the same time, I’m not afraid to bet on myself. I believe in my opportunity.”
Ingram has spent his entire eight-year career with the Saints, having amassed 6,007 yards and 50 touchdowns on the ground.
“Of course, I’d love to be in New Orleans for my career, my teammates, my family. I met my wife, my children there,” Ingram said to 247Sports. “Like I said, I love the organization, and I hope it all gets worked out. But at the same time, I have all confidence in my abilities and all confidence in what I can do given the opportunity to be a feature guy. So I’m not scared to bet on myself. At the same time, I’d love to be in New Orleans.”
Ingram believes he still has plenty more memorable moments left in his career.
“I’m going into my ninth year, I feel like I’m better than ever,” Ingram said to 247Sports. “I feel like my career’s still going up. I want to rush for 10,000 yards. Clearly, I want to win the Super Bowl. I just want to keep pressing forward, keep doing the best I can do and just control what I can control.”
By splitting carries with the electric Kamara (the first player in NFL history with 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in his first 20 games), Ingram can extend his prime years and help the Saints compete for championships.
“[Todd] Gurley’s played four years, and I think I only have 200 more carries than him. Le’Veon Bell’s played six years, I only have 90 more carries than him, and he missed this whole year. So he’d probably have more than me. I am 29, but at the same time I feel like the wear and tear I’ve had on my body is minimal,” Ingram said. “I’ve still got four more years, at least, of playing elite football for somebody.”