New Orleans Saints basically acquired Mark Ingram for free

Mark Ingram (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Mark Ingram (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints reacquired Mark Ingram earlier this week with the hopes of filling their RB2 spot while Tony Jones Jr. is out. We now know how much the Saints had to give up to land Ingram in the trade with the Texans and the answer is — Not much.

It turns out that New Orleans shipped just a seventh-rounder to Houston in exchange for the former Heisman Trophy-winning running back.

Not only was it just a seventh-round pick, but it’s a seventh-round pick for the 2024 NFL Draft… so two years from the upcoming draft.

New Orleans Saints fleeced Texans in Mark Ingram deal

I know that Ingram isn’t the same player he was a few years ago but a seventh-round pick TWO years from now? Come on now Texans.

This is a guy responsible for 52% of the team’s total rush yards, per Maddy Hudak, and the team is just sending him away for pennies. It says a lot about the way the Texans are run to get fleeced THIS badly.

Saints fans are thrilled by this, of course, as it’s very little to give up for a guy who’s beloved by the fans and the town. He might not be the same player he once was but he doesn’t have to be. Alvin Kamara has this offense humming and Ingram provides depth at an area of need.

This is the first deal the Saints have made so far but fans are certainly hoping to see more deals made before Tuesday’s deadline.

Ingram was a member of the Texans this season but they’re going nowhere so trading him was the best decision for Houston. Ingram had 294 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown and also caught seven passes for 24 yards during his seven games with the Texans.

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He’s not the same guy who used to bulldoze over the opposition in New Orleans but as mentioned, he doesn’t have to be that guy anymore. I can’t believe the Saints managed to land Ingram for such a cheap price and hopefully, the “cost” motivates Ingram even more as he heads back to the team that once made him a first-round pick.