The Facts: HC Sean Payton said Ingram plans to attend mandatory minicamp from June 12-14 after skipping the rest of the offseason program with hopes of getting a new contract.
Diehards Line: Ingram, who is coming off a career year in 2017, has skipped the offseason workout program that began April 16 and did not participate in the first three practices of organized team activities this week. The workouts and OTAs are optional, but skipping minicamp would result in a fine for Ingram. Payton has made clear he doesn't agree with Ingram's decision to stay away from the team this offseason, relaying that message to Ingram as well as the media, but the coach said he respects and understands what Ingram is doing. As for Ingram's four-game suspension, Payton said he's sure Ingram will stay in shape while away from the team, and because Ingram already has seven years of experience in the Saints system, he'll have no program catching up with what he missed. In 2017, Ingram was among the best running backs in the NFL, ranking the top five in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, yards per carry and runs of 20-plus yards. He had career highs with 230 carries, 1,124 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 58 receptions and 416 receiving yards.