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New Orleans Saints: breaking down the loaded stable of backs

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 24: Mark Ingram
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 24: Mark Ingram /
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Adrian Peterson

It made sense to sign Peterson. The Saints have a strong offense though their stable of backs at the time was thin. Particularly, Ingram has a long injury history, so having a backup like Peterson is smart. His Hall Of Fame track record speaks for itself and if he can return to even half of his 2015 form (1,485 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns) the Saints got a steal.

They inked Peterson to a two-year, $7M deal back in late April. In his first year he’ll count $2.25M against the cap and in 2018 $4.75M.

Three days later the Saints drafted Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara however. In his first year he’ll likely be deployed in the Saints’ “joker” role. He’ll contribute mainly as a receiver, returner, and change-of-pace back.

This means Ingram and Peterson will be competing for essentially the same role in the 2017 New Orleans ground attack. But keeping both backs in 2018, at their respective prices, to have limited roles doesn’t make sense financially.

Peterson’s deal doesn’t include a potential out so assuming he remains healthy, he’ll count $4.75M against the cap next year. So the question becomes: If Peterson proves to be effective, would it make sense for the Saints to keep Ingram for an additional $4.6M or cut him, costing you $1.645M? This brings me to the final and perhaps most critical cog of them all.

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