The Baltimore Ravens are making big moves. Moments after former Seattle Seahawks star safety Earl Thomas to a big-money deal, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported that the Ravens also inked former New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram to a three-year deal worth $15 million.
It was assumed on Tuesday that Ingram would be moving on from the Saints after his former team signed Latavius Murray, and it did not take long for him to find his new landing spot. The 29-year old back spent the first eight seasons of his career in New Orleans, rushing for 6,007 yards and 50 touchdowns across 106 games. He was the Saints’ first-round pick back in 2011, and he teamed with several different backs in timeshares during the course of his career.
He will presumably be the lead back in Baltimore, but the Ravens could possibly bring in a passing-down complement to handle the third-down work and two-minute drill snaps, like Darren Sproles, Alvin Kamara and more did during his time with the Saints. Ingram’s one-cut, downhill rushing style should make for a good fit with Jackson, who threatens the edge on every play with his speed and ability to turn the corner.
It will be fascinating to see how the Ravens build out their offense around Jackson and Ingram, as they have already cut Michael Crabtree and let John Brown walk for a new contract with the Bills. They’re going to need to throw the ball at some point, and they have a lot of work to do in remaking their wide receiver corps. Jackson can’t just throw to tight ends on every play.
Baltimore has also seen a mass exodus of defensive talent this offseason with Eric Weddle, Za’Darius Smith, C.J. Mosley, and Terrell Suggs all finding new homes, and even after signing Thomas, they’ll need to fill some holes on that side of the ball as well. General manager Eric DeCosta has his work cut out for him in remaking the Ravens into a contender.