Ingram unsure if Saints will exercise 2015 option

Posted April 23, 2014, at 6:17 p.m.

The New Orleans Saints have not made a decision whether to pick up the fifth-year option on running back Mark Ingram.

The option would cost the team just over $5.2 million in base salary for 2015.

“I’m not sure if they will pick up the fifth-year option,” Ingram told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I’m just working one day at a time and I’m just glad I’m on a team that’s a championship contender.”

The Saints this week already exercised a similar option on defensive end Cameron Jordan worth $6.97 million in base salary. The club has until May 3 to do so for Ingram. They both were 2011 first-round draft choices.

Ingram rushed for 386 yards and one touchdown last season, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. He was slowed by a toe injury. In his career, he has 1,462 rushing yards (4.1 average) and 11 touchdowns.

The fourth-year tailback said he is excited to be back with the Saints for the open of voluntary offseason workout program that started Monday.

Washington sentenced to probation

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was sentenced on Wednesday to one year of supervised probation in his aggravated assault case.

Washington, 27, pleaded guilty last month in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix to aggravated assault arising out of a May 1, 2013 argument with a former girlfriend, who is the mother of his daughter. Authorities said Washington choked the woman and caused a fall that broke her right collarbone.

Washington will likely face punishment from the NFL under its personal conduct policy.

Washington was suspended the first four games of last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Washington has started 53 games over four seasons for Arizona. He had nine sacks last season and led the team in tackles in 2012 with 140.

The Cardinals have picked up Washington’s $10 million player option.

Cowboys sign QB Hanie

Veteran free agent quarterback Caleb Hanie signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, ESPN.com reported Wednesday.

Hanie, 28, hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2011

The Dallas native had a brief stint with the Cleveland Browns last season after serving as one of Peyton Manning’s backups with the Denver Broncos in 2012.

Hanie started four games for the Chicago Bears late in 2011 in place of an injured Jay Cutler. He finished that year completing 51 of 102 pass attempts for 613 yards, three touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Bears decided not to re-sign Hanie following that season.

Hanie was originally an undrafted rookie free agent out of Colorado State. He spent a combined four seasons in Chicago (2008-11) and appeared in the 2010 NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers where he connected on 13 of 20 passes for 153 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Jets returning to SUNY Cortland

The New York Jets will return to SUNY Cortland for training camp this summer, the team announced Wednesday.

This season marks the fifth time in the last six years that the Jets will hold their training camp on the school’s campus in central New York. The campus is located about three hours from the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, N.J.

Teams can begin camp 15 days before their first preseason game. The Jets can start as early as July 23, with its opener Aug. 7 at home against the Indianapolis Colts.

“I love the fact that we are going back to Cortland,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “Everyone knows how I feel about going away. I think it is a big part of building our team camaraderie. The community, the school and the people of Cortland have been outstanding and we are all excited to be going back this summer.”

Bears sign RB Draughn

The Bears signed running back Shaun Draughn to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

The 6-foot, 205-pounder has appeared in 20 games over the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2011-12) and Baltimore Ravens (2013), rushing for 235 yards and two touchdowns on 63 carries.

Draughn played in three games for the Ravens last season, rushing for two yards on four carries. He was later released and signed with the Indianapolis Colts but played in no games.

Draughn also has caught 24 passes for 158 yards, averaged 23.6 yards on 25 kickoff returns and recorded four tackles and one forced fumble on special teams.

Draughn entered the NFL with the Washington Redskins in 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina.

 

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