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Mark Ingram Signs With Ravens; Thomas Added On Defense
The Ravens have agreed to contract terms with free agent running back Mark Ingram, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini.

No deal can be finalized until 4 p.m. Wednesday when the new league year begins, and the Ravens are not confirming the reports.

Bit as the team's official website pointed out, an eight-year NFL veteran, Ingram will add another hammer to the Ravens' run game and add a dangerous receiving threat out of the backfield.

Ingram has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in two of the last three seasons. He has also been an effective pass catcher out of the backfield with 104 receptions over the past three seasons.

At the NFL Combine, head coach John Harbaugh said Gus Edwards was the Ravens’ No. 1 running back ahead of Kenneth Dixon, but that the Ravens would look to bring in competition.

And they certainly have.,

Ingram, 29, is a physical, downhill runner who can run between the tackles or bounce outside, and he has not missed a game due to injury since 2015.

From a fantasy perspective, assume Ingram will be the top man in a rotation with Edwards and Dixon while remembering the newcomer is familiar with and capable of succeeding in timeshare situations.

For the past two seasons, Ingram has been part of a potent one-two running back combination in New Orleans with Alvin Kamara. An effective red-zone runner, Ingram has 50 career rushing touchdowns, which is a Saints franchise record. He had six last year and 12 in 2017.

Ingram was suspended the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs, but he still finished with 645 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry. He had back-to-back 100-yard games last season – 104 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10, and 103 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11.

Ingram has also grown as a receiving option during his career.

He hauled in 58 passes for 416 yards in 2017. That would help complement Edwards, who caught just two passes for 20 yards last season -- assuming the Ravens look to build on the passing side of things in Lamar Jackson's second season as a pro.

Ingram has spent his entire career with the Saints after winning the Heisman Trophy at Alabama in 2009 and being drafted in the first round by New Orleans in 2011. However, the Saints have reportedly reached an agreement with free agent running back Latavius Murray, paving the way for Ingram to move elsewhere.

Also worth noting. ... Earl Thomas is replacing Eric Weddle for the Ravens.

The former Seattle Seahawks safety is expected to sign a four-year, $55 million deal with Baltimore, according to multiple reports.