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Saints HC Sean Payton wants to keep RB Mark Ingram

Saints head coach Sean Payton said Monday that he would prefer for free agent running back Mark Ingram to remain in New Orleans.
"I spoke with Mark today," Payton said. "... Obviously, Mark is someone we want to keep. Hopefully we can do that."
Ingram, a 2011 first-round pick, finally delivered on some of his promise in his fourth season. He gained more than 1,100 yards from scrimmage and scored nine times in just 13 games. Through his three previous season, covering 37 games, Ingram has scored just 11 times.


Falcons cut WR Harry Douglas

The Falcons continued to cut salary on the offensive side of the ball by letting go of wide receiver Harry Douglas on Friday. Douglas, 30, is one season removed from an 85-catch, 1,000-yard campaign. However, those numbers dropped to 51 and 556, respectively, this past season. Douglas also missed a month of action due to a foot injury. His release saves Atlanta $3.5 million and comes one day after the team cut running back Steven Jackson.


RB Steven Jackson cut by Falcons, wants to keep playing

Steven Jackson's unimpressive two-year stint in Atlanta has come to an end. Jackson doesn't want to say the same about his career.
Jackson was released by the Falcons on Thursday. The 31-year-old's release saves the team $3.75 million in cap space. He has spent 11 years in the league, has rushed for more than 11,000 yards and has led his team in ground yardage in all but one of his seasons in the league. By the numbers, Jackson's time with the Dirty Birds was unsatisfying from a personal and a team standpoint. He didn't gain anywhere close to 1,000 yards in either season, and the Falcons lost 22 of their 32 games. But Jackson wrote on his official website Thursday night that he still has plenty left in the tank.
"Make no mistake: I can still punish a defense," Jackson wrote. "I still have a warrior's heart. There are 1,000-yard seasons left in these legs. I know what I am still capable of, and I have every intention of proving it."


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Feb. 23