OWINGS MILLS, Md. – A year after leading Lamar Jackson’s MVP campaign with the ‘Big Truss’ mantra, running back Mark Ingram will be released by the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, league sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Ingram, 31, has been a good scratch for four of the Ravens’ last five games this season, including the two playoff games. The Ravens will create a salary cap of $ 5 million by releasing the 10-year veteran.
A Pro Bowl player in 2019, Ingram didn’t have the same explosiveness this campaign, and he was phased out of the Ravens’ game plan, finishing with a minimum of 72 runs. Baltimore ended up with the attack in NFL No.1 Race relying on rookie JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards.
Ingram said goodbye to the Ravens via social media on Monday, calling the team a “top-notch organization.”
Ingram posted on Twitter: “I adore the real ones in the nation of the herd who have supported me and shown love! My blood brothers, what I understood Ain needs to be explained. The best is yet ahead, I can’t wait! Watch God work.
Thank you Mr. Bisciotti and the Ravens for being such a great organization. I adore the real ones in the nation of the herd who supported me and showed love! My blood brothers, what has been understood about Ain must be explained. The best is yet to come, I can’t wait! Watch God work.#GodWins #BigTrussForever pic.twitter.com/Hx0GZrSIrz
– Mark Ingram II (@ marquageram21) January 19, 2021
Ingram, a first-round pick by the Saints in 2011, spent his first eight seasons in New Orleans and reached the Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2017. He signed a three-year, $ 15 million deal with Baltimore in 2019, immediately injecting a lot of energy and leadership into the locker room.
Ingram gained 1,018 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in his first season with the Ravens, defending Jackson’s run for NFL MVP by exclaiming “Big Truss” in post-game press conferences.
In 2020, Ingram lost his starting job in the middle of the season and continued to coach Dobbins, the player who replaced him.
“Mark is an amazing guy – a big brother to me,” Dobbins said at the end of the regular season. “He still texts me everyday. He’s still happy for me everyday. He actually helped me with the process, teaching me things to do to help me be mentally prepared, to stay locked up. He’s just an amazing guy. “
Ingram was set to earn $ 5 million in 2021, the final year of his contract.