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Mark Ingram Thanks ‘First Class’ Ravens Ahead Of Release

The Mark Ingram era in Baltimore has come to an end. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Ravens intend to waive the veteran running back Tuesday morning.

Ingram thanked the Ravens on Twitter late Monday evening.

“I love the real ones in flock nation that supported me and showed luv!” he wrote. “My blood brothers, whats understood Ain gotta be explained. Best is still ahead, cant wait! Watch God work. #GodWins #BigTrussForever.”

A Pro Bowler in 2019, Ingram was a healthy scratch for four of the Ravens’ final five games this season. That included both playoff games. As ESPN noted, the Ravens will be able to create $5 million in salary-cap room by waiving Ingram.

The Ravens actually finished with the league’s top ground game behind rookie J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards. Meanwhile, Ingram carried the ball just 72 times.

It was Ingram, of course, who created the “Big Truss” mantra to promote Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson as NFL MVP last season when Jackson was a rookie. Jackson did indeed win the award.

Ingram was a high-profile New Orleans Saints draft pick in the first round of 2011, spending his first eight years with the franchise. He signed a three-year deal worth $15 million with the Ravens in 2019. Teammates and coaches were known to praise Ingram’s leadership and determination.

But Ingram lost his starting job to Dobbins midway through the season.

“Mark is an unbelievable guy — a big brother to me,” Dobbins said recently. “He still texts me every day. He’s still happy for me every day. He actually helped me with the process, teaching me things to do to help me be mentally prepared, to stay locked in. He’s just an amazing guy.”

Written by Sam Amico

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