LA Rams Should kick tires on ex-Raven RB Mark Ingram
By Jay Blucher
The LA Rams are giving their players exit interviews and medical examinations this week. One such unsung hero is running back Malcolm Brown, who may or may not return. The two questions that immediately form in minds start with: Should the Rams bring back Brown? And if not, then who should they target in NFL Free Agency to fill the void of veteran power back?
Now that the news has broken that the Baltimore Ravens have released RB Mark Ingram, it occurred to me that surely he must have known his time was up – Ingram was a healthy scratch in four out of the last five Ravens games. . . and silly me, I thought (or was I just hoping?) they were saving him for the playoff run.
Instead, the veteran leader found himself caught up in a too-crowded Ravens backfield, as he watched two younger players – J.K Dobbins and Gus Edwards get the majority of rushing snaps. And there’s little argument with that lineup – after all, the Ravens led the league in rushing.
And yet, Ingram did not complain or whine or set Twitter afire. He understood the implications of his $5 million cap hit, knew the Ravens wanted the young bucks to get more touches. He was a mature professional about being relegated to the sidelines, at 31 years of age. All he did was genuinely thank ownership, his teammates, coaches, and the fans for his time in Bawlamer.