With the start off of absolutely free agency on March 13 inching ever nearer, authorities all over the league are gearing up and issuing their prognostications as to which players will land exactly where. Predicted to clean up up their income cap this offseason and having a quarterback on a rookie deal, the Baltimore Ravens have a very little income and are becoming named as a very good landing spot for a lot of absolutely free agents.
In inspecting suits involving groups and impending absolutely free agents, NFL.com’s Mark Sessler thinks Baltimore could have New Orleans Saints functioning again Mark Ingram in their sights.
“Baltimore’s pound-the-rock-down-your-throat assault was exposed in January’s playoff decline to the Chargers,” Sessler wrote.
“With Lamar Jackson at the controls, even though, the Ravens are not about to ditch their devotion to the operate. I like the plan of new perform caller Greg Roman unleashing a hammer-dropping ball-carrier like Ingram together with Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon.”
Of a similar thoughts is ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, who submitted the Ravens signing Ingram as his “bold offseason prediction.”
“Baltimore has performed its finest with patchwork at functioning again more than the earlier 4 seasons — from Justin Forsett to Terrance West to Alex Collins to Gus Edwards — but the workforce requirements a established highlighted again in building an offense around Lamar Jackson,” wrote Hensley.
“Under offensive coordinator Greg Roman, veteran runners this kind of as Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy have thrived. Ingram is the kind of sturdy, actual physical and effective again (4.5-lawn job typical) who would be the fantastic in shape in Baltimore’s offense.”
Over 8 seasons with New Orleans, Ingram has compiled 6,007 hurrying yards, 50 touchdowns and has averaged 4.5 yards-per-carry for his job. Ingram also has designed inroads in the receiving match, with 228 job receptions for 1,598 yards and five touchdowns. This earlier season, Ingram amassed 645 hurrying yards and 7 total touchdowns more than 12 video games.
However, a single need to also be aware of Ingram’s pink flags. At 29-a long time-outdated, Ingram’s age and his 1,500-furthermore job touches put into concern his longevity for any workforce signing him to a multi-calendar year deal. Ingram also served a 4-match suspension past season for functionality-boosting medicines and has noticed his yards-per-carry typical fall in consecutive a long time. On top of that, Spotrac puts Ingram’s once-a-year market value at $4.4 million — a price properly exceeding that of a rookie again or a less-coveted absolutely free agent.
Whilst Baltimore could opt to get outside aid in the functioning match and signal a person like Ingram, the Ravens designed do with their personal in-home expertise past season. The two-headed assault of functioning backs Kenneth Dixon and Gus Edwards merged for 1,051 hurrying yards and 4 touchdowns on 197 carries past season and performed a massive part in propelling the Baltimore backfield to rank second in the NFL for yardage in 2018.
For his part, Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman appears articles on maintaining the present arrangement, praising the present Baltimore backfield even though also showing to dismiss the plan of bringing in a bell-cow again.
“All these men have really beneficial qualities,” Roman explained of Baltimore’s present functioning backs on the Ravens’ The Lounge podcast. “One is in no way more than enough in this league. You have acquired to have a steady of them.”
Whilst Ingram has title recognition, Baltimore can find noticeably greater value either in the draft or in a lesser absolutely free agent. It is unlikely any incoming functioning again will abruptly be the element of the offense, which means the Ravens never have to try out and compete for a single of the bigger names in absolutely free agency. It is a method that suits significantly additional with normal manager Eric DeCosta’s obvious vision of finding young and additional fiscally steady on the roster.