NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Mark Ingram is returning to lead the Saints rushing attack.
According to Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis, Ingram agreed to a 4-year deal with the team. "I'm excited to continue my career in Black and Gold," Ingram said. "I'd like to thank my family, the Saints organization and my teammates. I'm glad that now we can turn our attention back to football and working hard to get better as a team with the ultimate goal of winning a championship."
Ingram just finished his fourth NFL season after being picked 28th overall by he Saints in 2011. He appeared in 13 games for the black and gold this season totaling 226 carries for 964 yards and nine touchdowns. Ingram set career highs in rushing yardage, total yards from scrimmage and rushing touchdowns this season. He ranked 7th in the league in rushing yards per game with 74.2 and third in the league for rushing touchdowns (9). Ingram is the first Saints RB selected for the Pro Bowl since Deuce McAllister in 2003.
Earlier in the week, the team announced that they cut running back Pierre Thomas, who the Saints signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007.