Mark Ingram Clears Waivers

Ravens running back Mark Ingram is now a full-fledged free agent. After going unclaimed on waivers, Ingram is free to sign with any team, including those in the playoffs.

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Per league rules, Ingram would have been barred from taking the field for any playoff team that claimed him this week. However, after passing through the waiver wire, he’s postseason-eligible. The Bills, for example, sign Ingram today and have him on the field for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs.

The Ravens made Ingram a healthy scratch in each of their playoff games this year. Once they were eliminated, they released Ingram to save $5MM against the 2021 cap and allow him to catch on elsewhere. The Ravens could have waited until mid-February or March to do the same thing, but they wanted to give Ingram and other players like Robert Griffin III an opportunity to win a championship.

Ingram, 31, finished out with just 72 carries for 299 yards in nine games. It was the worst season of his career, but he did still manage 4.2 yards per tote. The Bills, who have lacked consistency on the ground, could use someone like that. And, for what it’s worth, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh believes that he still has gas left in the tank.

He’ll still play, I guarantee you,” Harbaugh said (via AL.com). “Mark and I had this conversation. He has plenty of football left. He’s going to contribute next year and beyond in the [NFL]…He’s a very good player, a very physical back. I remember when we played him the last time we played the Saints, and you see a guy on tape, and then he ran up our sideline and hit a couple guys on the sideline and popped up. And I looked at him, I was like, ‘This guy is physical, man. This guy is a tank.’ And he also had great feet. I was really impressed with him. Then we got him here, and I got to see it close up.”

Meanwhile, the Ravens will build their running game around J.K. Dobbins, who averaged an eye-popping 6.0 yards per carry in his rookie season.

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10 comments on “Mark Ingram Clears Waivers

  1. Jedward3

    Wouldn’t he still need to go through the COVID protocol if he signs with any of the 4 teams left?

    • mcmillankmm

      I was thinking that too…thought when LeVeon Bell went from Jets to Chiefs it seemed like he needed close to a week to clear protocol…maybe it was a different scenario and Ingram will clear in time

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Harbaugh comes off looking ridiculous giving Ingram the big endorsement after having benched him through the playoffs.

    • j0v10098

      How does Harbaugh come off looking ridiculous? He didn’t release Ingram. Ingram wasn’t benched because he was playing bad, it’s because he was being outperformed by Dobbins and Edwards. Ingram being released is strictly a financial thing, not performance. Why can’t people see that?

  3. DarkSide830

    if people are worried about the effect of a lengthened season on the quality of talent left standing at the end, then allowing guys to sign during the playoffs or go from one eliminated team to a contending one is a huge counterbalance. it could allow for the quality of play to remain consistent and help avoid blowout playoff games because one team, say, lost their QB.

  4. brave new world

    Buffalo needs another back he would be a really nice back to singletary

  5. CardsNation5

    Buffalo would be wise to sign him. He’s still productive. The Ravens just weren’t the right place for him to go with the way that they run their offense. I think that if Buffalo signed him, they’d be SB bound

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