Veteran running back Mark Ingram will not be returning to Baltimore for the 2021 season. The running back knows his future is elsewhere.
Ingram played his final game for the purple and black in Week 17. He was a healthy scratch in both of the Ravens’ playoff games. 2020 was also Ingram’s worst from a statistical standpoint. He had a career-low 72 carries and a career-low 299 rushing yards. He also added two rushing touchdowns while starting in nine of the 11 games he played in.
As a result, the Ravens have decided to cut the savvy vet. The move will save the team $5 million in cap space by releasing him.
The writing was all but on the wall when Ingram posted a tweet that reads like a good-bye letter to Baltimore. His tweet came about an hour before the official announcement that he and the Ravens were parting ways.
“Thank you Mr. Bisciotti and the Ravens for being a first class organization,” Ingram wrote. “I love the real ones in flock nation that supported me and showed luv! My blood brothers, whats understood Ain gotta be explained. Best is still ahead, cant wait! Watch God work.”
Adam Schefter Confirms Release of Mark Ingram
You know it’s official when ESPN’s Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter posts the news.
“Baltimore is releasing veteran RB Mark Ingram on Tuesday, per league sources,” Schefter reported on Twitter. “The move will save the Ravens $5 million against the 2021 cap and allow Ingram to get an early jump on free agency. Ingram is healthy and believes he has plenty to offer for 2021.”
Ingram inked a three-year, $15 million deal with the Ravens at the start of free agency back in 2019. The 31-year-old came out of the gates running in his first campaign in Baltimore. He had over a thousand rushing yards for the third time in his career to go along with a career-high 15 total touchdowns. That effort earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl. It also helped the Ravens break the single-season rushing record for an entire franchise.
However, in 2020, Ingram quickly fell out of the rotation in the backfield. The reason for the sudden demotion was largely due to the emergence of rookie running back J.K. Dobbins, who was selected by the Ravens in the second round last offseason. Dobbins was impressive as a rookie, putting together a season that saw him total 925 yards from scrimmage and nine total touchdowns, allowing him to take over as the lead back in the Baltimore backfield.
Prior to the 2020 season, Ingram spent the first seven years of his career with the New Orleans Saints. They were the team, after all, that drafted him in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Alabama.
So far during his 10-year career, Ingram has compiled 7,324 rushing yards on 1,595 carries to go along with 62 scores. He’s currently No. 60 on the league’s all-time rushing list. Further, he sits at No. 48 in all-time rushing touchdowns and No. 29 in yards per rushing attempt (4.6).