By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
The New Orleans Saints have five running backs on their depth chart.
Yet, only three of those backs get the most snaps. Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles, and Pierre Thomas have to split time carrying the ball.
But, according to CBS Sports’ NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, league sources told La Canfora that Mark Ingram may soon ask for a trade out of New Orleans.
La Canfora called Ingram’s role with the team “nebulous.” And should Ingram, a former first round pick by the Saints in the latter part of the 2011 NFL draft, the team would insert undrafted free agent Khiry Robinson into Ingram’s old role.
This news comes on the heels of the trade that sent Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts. Richardson, arguably the Browns best player, was traded to the Colts for a 2014 first round draft pick, while the Browns re-focus their rebuilding towards the 2014 season.
The NFL’s trade deadline is not until October 29th. So, with a month left before the trade deadline, anything could happen.
In two years, Ingram only has 10 career touchdowns. And has not been featured much this season.
Ingram is a power back while at Alabama, where he got better with more carries. Yet, that does not seem to fit into Sean Payton’s offense. As they have with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, they would rather have speed than power.
Ingram has one year remaining on his contract following this season. And is expected to make $1.4 million dollars next year.
Besides Richardson’s recent deal, this summer, the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs made a swap of struggling former first round draft picks. A.J. Jenkins was traded to the Chiefs, while Jonathan Baldwin moved to the 49ers.