Saints Throw Another Linebacker In The Mix For Fujita’s Job, Ink Clint Ingram To One Year Deal
Former Jacksonville Jaguar linebacker Clint Ingram agreed to a one year contract with the defending Super Bowl champion Saints.
Ingram, 6-2 240 pounds, was a third round draft choice of the Jaguars in 2006 playing in 56 games with 46 starts posting 194 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 3 pass deflections and one interception.
However questionable toughness and a lack of production coupled with Jaguars acquisition of Raider linebacker Kirk Morrison made Ingram an expendable commodity leading the team to rescind the tender offer extended to him after the season.
Ingram has had a history of injury throughout his pro career only finishing a 16 game season once missing four games last season after being placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
Currently the Saints are looking to fill the strong side linebacker position in the wake of the departure of former starter Scott Fujita to the Cleveland Browns in free agency this off-season, Ingram will get a chance to be that player.
He is thrown into a deep mix of players that also are competing for the starting spot including Jonathan Casillas, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Marvin Mitchell, Anthony Waters, Stanley Arnoux and veteran Troy Evans.
That list doesnt include former Kentucky standout SLB Sam Maxwell whom the team signed afer an impressive tryout at rookie camp after he displayed amazing athleticism and an ability to learn the defensive scheme quickly.
Maxwell is an interesting prospect for the Saints after coming off an 80 tackle six interception senior season at Kentucky while playing with a torn labrum, those types of numbers make coacheds and fans alike giddy with the anticipation of what he can potentially bring to the team.
Ingram has an uphill battle ahead of him in the Big Easy but if he can stay healthy posseses a good chance at revitalizing his career with the Saints.