Houston Texans trade running back Mark Ingram traded to New Orleans Saints

Houston Texans running back Mark Ingram II (2) rushes for a first down as Jacksonville Jaguars safety Andrew Wingard defends during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Houston.
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Three-time Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram is heading back to New Orleans. The Houston Texans are trading Ingram to the New Orleans Saints, USA TODAY Sports+ senior NFL insider Josina Anderson confirmed from a person with direct knowledge of the situation.

NFL Network reporters Ian Rapport and Tom Pelissero first reported the trade. Pelissero reported the terms of the deal are still being finalized but would include late-round draft picks. 

Ingram returns for a second stint with the Saints. He spent eight seasons with the organization after being selected 28th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. Ingram made two Pro Bowls with the Saints and has a great relationship with Saints star Alvin Kamara.

The duo played together for two seasons. Ingram could earn immediate carries given he already knows Saints head coach Sean Payton’s system.

During his Saints tenure, Ingram rushed for 6,007 yards and 63 touchdowns. He also added 267 receptions for 1,919 yards and 10 touchdowns.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints and Mark Ingram #22 celebrate during the second half of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

The Saints have looked for backfield help to complement Kamara. Ingram brings veteran experience as the Saints compete in a tough an NFC South division.

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This season, Ingram appeared in seven games with the Texans. He rushed for 294 yards and a touchdown while averaging 3.2 yards per carry.