Saints GM explains not picking up Mark Ingram fifth-year option

General manager says it was a financial decision Aaron Wilson

Print This May 07, 2014, 05:30 PM EST

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis explained the decision to not pick up a fifth-year option for running back Mark Ingram, their 2011 first-round draft pick.

It would have cost $5.2 million for Ingram if the Saints had picked up the option.

The Saints did pick up fifth-year option for defensive end Cam Jordan, at a cost of $6.97 million for 2015.

"That's a financial decision," Loomis told reporters during a press conference regarding Ingram. "The amount of the tender vs what the market for running backs has been," Loomis said during a press conference on Wednesday. "We like Mark, we told Mark before we made that decision that it wasn't reflective of what we thought about him, it was just a business decision.  We have high expectations for him and I hope he has a great year."

For his career, Ingram has rushed for just 1,462 yards and 11 touchdowns in three NFL seasons.

Ingram was sidelined for five games last season with a toe injury, gaining 97 yards and scoring a touchdown in a playoff win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

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