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

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

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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