Mark Ingram

4 Teams That Need to Sign Mark Ingram

With less than a month until the start of the new league year, the New Orleans Saints have some questions to consider regarding running back Mark Ingram. The 29-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and it's unclear whether the Saints will try to re-sign him. With Alvin Kamara proving to be an elite running back in the league, the team may not deem it necessary to bring back Ingram. Should Ingram hit the open market, there will be several teams interested in his services. Here are four teams that should try to sign the eight-year veteran this offseason. 

4. New York Jets

The Jets are not expected to retain Isaiah Crowell this offseason, which would leave them with Elijah McGuire is their lead back. Adding Ingram to the backfield could help open up the offense and alleviate pressure on young quarterback Sam Darnold. If the Jets opt out of the Le'Veon Bell sweepstakes, Ingram could be a prime candidate for the team to target. 

3. Philadelphia Eagles

With Darren Sproles and Jay Ajayi likely on their way out of Philadelphia, the Eagles could look to make a play on Ingram. While Josh Adams is developing nicely, the team will want to get back into Super Bowl contention in 2019 and would have a better shot at that if Ingram were in the backfield. Ingram could fit in nicely with the Eagles if they decide to pursue him. 

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers may want to consider Ingram as their rushing attack was underwhelming in 2018. Between Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones II, the team lacks a big playmaker in the backfield. Barber is headed for restricted free agency and Jones had a lackluster rookie season, so perhaps the team will turn to Ingram, a proven veteran, in order to improve their ground game. 

1. Oakland Raiders

The Raiders will likely be in play for a running back this offseason as Doug Martin and Marshawn Lynch are unrestricted free agents and not expected to return to the team, and Jaylen Richard is a restricted free agent. The Raiders are looking to rebuild, but having a veteran running back like Ingram on the squad could help keep defenses guessing against this young team and open up the offense for Derek Carr and whatever weapons he may have next year.