‘The most effective of the worst:’ Saints RB Mark Ingram lets Andy Dalton have the quantity he did not need anyway

METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Saints veterans Mark Ingram II and Andy Dalton have accomplished a jersey swap that may solely be described as a win-win.

Dalton, who signed with the Saints this offseason, will get the No. 14 that he has worn all through his profession as a quarterback with TCU, the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.

Ingram, in the meantime, will get to put on a extra slimming No. 5 jersey.

Final season, Ingram hilariously tried to clarify his angst over the unappealing jersey quantity decisions he had when he returned to New Orleans in a midseason commerce.

Not solely was his former No. 22 not an choice, however nothing within the 20s or single digits was obtainable both. So Ingram very reluctantly determined to go together with 14 “as a result of it appeared the most effective of the worst.”

Ingram mentioned he did not like numbers within the 30s as a result of “it is too huge of a quantity for me.”

“I do not need no 30s,” Ingram mentioned. “It is simply too large. I am quick, stocky. I gotta have a quantity that matches me somewhat bit.”

The 40s have been even worse, in Ingram’s sartorial opinion. Ingram mentioned he thought-about asking kicker Wil Lutz if he may put on his No. three whereas Lutz was on injured reserve final 12 months. He even thought-about reaching out to former Saints quarterback Archie Manning about sporting No. eight in his honor (each Manning’s eight and Drew Brees’ 9 aren’t formally retired – however by no means get assigned to new gamers).

Sarcastically, the No. 5 that Ingram has now landed in is similar one which former Saints working again Reggie Bush was unable to acquire as a rookie in 2006 earlier than the NFL allowed working backs to put on single digits.

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