Mark Ingram on Saints signing Adrian Peterson: ‘I’m all for it’
Mark Ingram, noting he’s a “big fan” of Adrian Peterson, insists he’s fine with the New Orleans Saints’ acquisition of the veteran running back.
The Saints on Tuesday signed Peterson to a two-year deal with a base salary of $7 million. Ingram of course is the Saints player most likely to be impacted by Peterson’s arrival. But Ingram, coming off his first career 1,000 yard season, emphasized he’s hoping Peterson can help the Saints improve upon three consecutive 7-9 campaigns.
“I’m all about winning, man,” Ingram said Tuesday, via The Times-Picayune. “If this will help us win, I’m all about winning. I’m all for it.”
Reports prior to the Saints making the Peterson signing official suggest the 32-year-old entering his 11th Hall of Fame-caliber career will serve a complimentary role to Ingram. But Ingram says he’s comfortable however things shake out as the two share responsibilities in the backfield.
“Listen, man, it’s nothing new,” Ingram said. “I’ve been sharing the ball with one or two, maybe three guys since I got here.
“I figured we were going to draft somebody or get somebody in free agency, still might, I figured that was going to happen, so it’s not surprising to me. I don’t care who comes in, where I’m at, who I’m playing with. I’m always going to compete, I’m always going to do the best I can do and that’s just me, that’s how I’m built.”
Ingram added that not only is he an admirer of Peterson, he looks forward to the opportunity to soak up any knowledge that can be gleaned from the former Minnesota Viking.
“I’m a big fan of his,” Ingram said. “I admire his running style, I admire everything he’s been through, the adversity he’s overcome. The knee injury, he had the 1,000-yard season. He’s a perennial leading rusher. The resume, the name speaks for itself.”
“… He’s a real cool guy and obviously a first-ballot Hall of Famer. So even to have an opportunity to play with a guy like that, that’s special.”
How Peterson fits in with a uniquely schemed Saints offense, though, remains to be seen.