NEW ORLEANS — The Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints were working on a deal Wednesday night that would bring Mark Ingram back to New Orleans, where he spent the first eight seasons of his career, two people familiar with the situation said.
The people spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because not all aspects of the trade were finalized.
But one person said talks were “moving” toward an agreement in principle regarding Ingram’s return to New Orleans.
Ingram has played in seven games for Houston this season, rushing 92 times for 294 yards and touching down. He also has seven catches for 24 yards.
The former Alabama Cup winner Heisman was drafted 28th overall by New Orleans in 2011. He has spent the previous two seasons with Baltimore, with his last season being at 1,000 yards in 2019.
Ingram, 31, rushed twice for more than 1,000 yards in one season in New Orleans. He raced for the 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns of his career in 2017, the first of two seasons he worked alongside Alvin Kamara on the Saints’ backcourt.
Ingram’s production dropped sharply in 2018, his last season under contract with New Orleans, and he left for Baltimore on free agency after that.
Ingram appeared on social media delighted with the word of the business talks.
When Camara posted a message about his former teammate joining him in the Saints’ backcourt, Ingram responded with an emoji of a tearful smiley face and flowers, a symbol associated with French royalty that appears on Saints’ helmets and uniforms. and the official New Orleans city flag.