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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Eagles interested in Mark Ingram

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Shady replacement?

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The Philadelphia Eagles may have some replacement options lined up for recently-traded running back. According to Lyons Yellin (awesome name) of WWL-TV, the Birds could have interest in impending free agent running back Mark Ingram.

"I've heard rumblings about the Eagles being interested in Mark Ingram, with today's trade those now make a whole lot more sense."

Ingram, 25, was originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The Alabama alumnus was an accomplished college football player; he won the Heisman Trophy in 2009. In four seasons with the Saints, Ingram appeared in 50 games while making 21 starts. He's recorded 2,426 yards and 20 touchdowns on 582 career attempts for an average of 4.2 yards per carry. He's also caught 53 receptions for 288 yards.

Why this makes sense

The Eagles need a running back. Ingram may have caught Kelly's eye when he rushed 18 times for 97 yards (5.4 average) and one touchdown against Philadelphia in the 2014 Eagles-Saints playoff game. The fact that vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz is familiar with Ingram from his time at Alabama can't hurt.

If the Eagles felt McCoy was too much of an "east-west" back as some suggested, Ingram could be the north-south guy they're looking for.

The Saints won't be able to keep Ingram because they're way over the salary cap.

Why this doesn't make sense

Ingram has dealt with injury issues and has never started more than nine games in a season. He didn't exactly light the world on fire with a 4.3 average yards per carry in 2014. He's also not much of a pass-catching threat.

Likelihood: 5/10

I wouldn't rule this one out. Ingram is one of the better free agent running back options on the market but he's hardly the top guy. The Eagles might be able to get him at a reasonable price.