According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Saints RB Mark Ingram is likely to field offers as an unrestricted free agent next year as the Saints current cap situation makes a contract extension seem unlikely at this point in time.
La Canfora reports that there have been no contract talks between New Orleans and Ingram representatives in recent months.
The Saints’ financial situation will almost certainly eliminate the franchise tag from being an option to retain Ingram for another season, as this could cost them close to $9 million.
Ingram, 24, is in the final year of his rookie contract and the Saints elected to not pick up his fifth-year option a few months ago, which has left him in a position to cash in next year.
Over the course of six games, Ingram has ram for 551 yards rushing on 115 carries (4.8 YPC) and six touchdowns while adding another 67 yards receiving.
As things stand right now, Ingram joins a decent group of running back free agents that includes: C.J. Spiller, DeMarco Murray, Ahmad Bradshaw, Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley, Ryan Mathews, and Frank Gore.