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Saints RB Mark Ingram Changes Agents


New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram is entering the final year of his contract in 2018, and this spring, he made a change that could impact his next round of negotiations.

Ingram, 28, has hired a new agency to represent him, signing with Detroit-based VIP Sports Management and agents Paul Bobbitt and David Jones. Previously, Ingram was represented by Joel Segal of Lagardere Sports and Entertainment, an international agency with offices in New York, Dallas and Scottsdale, Ariz.

Considering he repeatedly hit batters, likely without his manager’s warning, the Padres coaching staff is also at fault. The Rockies are a team on the rise, with plenty of good young ballplayers, including Arenado and Charlie Blackmon. Unless there is a reasonable explanation for what Perdomo did, there is no excuse for this brawl.

Despite the fact that multiple parties could have and should have prevented these brawls, I do believe that we can take a couple of good things from them. First off, we can appreciate rivalry between ball clubs, even if it is not particularly friendly, because baseball feeds on tension. Secondly, I am happy to see that each of these four teams, though quite young, have players who are loyal to their teammates, and loyalty is especially valuable, particularly in the free agent era.

I do not believe brawls are the best ways to solve problems, but I can appreciate what these scraps did.

Also back is Kerry Hyder, who enjoyed a breakout season in 2016, before an Achilles tear in the preseason sidelined him all of last year. If he’s anywhere close to the same player he was pre-injury, the boost he can provide shouldn’t be understated.

The rotation is rounded out by Anthony Zettel and Cornelius Washington. Zettel enjoyed a breakout of his own last year and is an ascending talent who should be able to build on his 6.5 sacks, while Washington provides a sturdy edge setter who serves an underrated role against the run.

But you never can have enough pass rushers, and with Ansah operating on a franchise tag, destined to hit the open market next offseason, the Lions should jump at the possibility of getting a potential future starter early in the draft — assuming one is still there at No. 20, when the team is slated to make its first selection.

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