The New Orleans Saints have signed running back Latavius Murray from the Minnesota Vikings. Today the team and Murray agreed to terms of 4 years $14.4 Million per Adam Schefter. Murray had spend the past 2 years at the Vikings my way of the Oakland Raiders. The 5 year player from UCF has certainly made an impact in the league with 899 touches, 3,698 yards, and 34 touchdowns. However, most of his time in the league he has been splitting time with more formidable running backs. His role is expected to be very similar to what Mark Ingram has been for the past 2 years for the Saints as more of a complementary back to Alvin Kamara. Not a bad signing since he has been a very consistent running back in this league; however, I think I speak for most Saints fans when I say that I would much rather have Mark Ingram to be Alvin’s partner in the backfield.
In addition to adding Murray, Teddy Bridgewater is now expected to be re-signed by the Saints rather than taking a much larger deal from the Miami Dolphins. NFL sources have said that he would much rather stay with the Saints because he said he values the locker room culture and the prospect of one day becoming the Saints’ starting quarterback. If you ask Drew Brees about the possibility of that being the case, he would say that he agreed. Drew has said a few times that the guy he wants to replace him is Teddy Bridgewater.
So then what does this mean for Mark Ingram? It means that the Saints won’t be able to re-sign the fan favorite because he probably is too much for them. Even before the Saints re-signed Teddy Bridgewater and signed Latavius Murray, Mark Ingram was looking for upwards of $7 million a year, and the Saints weren’t going to be able to afford that. Its really unfortunate because that backfield was so fun. We hate to see Mark go, but we wish him all the best, and I’m sure he knows he has a home in New Orleans.