Ravens’ Mark Ingram tried to convince Marshal Yanda not to retire
The Baltimore Ravens said goodbye to a franchise cornerstone with the retirement of guard Marshal Yanda this offseason. It appears not even the efforts of running back Mark Ingram was enough to keep him around for the 2020 NFL season.
Ingram says he did his best to try and convince Yanda to put off retirement, via the team’s official Twitter:
“Bro, I was working on him all season. I’m like, ‘Yo Yanda, you’re not about to retire on me. First season I’ve been trying to play with you man. First year, you can’t just leave me after this first year.’”
Ingram’s attempts are certainly understandable. There had been plenty of speculation regarding the veteran’s viability as the workhorse back after coming over from the New Orleans Saints last offseason. Fortunately, the efforts of Yanda and the rest of the offensive line helped pave the way for the league’s best rushing attack during the 2019 NFL season.
Ingram himself enjoyed quite the resurgence with the Ravens after finishing the 2019 campaign with 1,018 rushing yards and ten touchdowns. He also showed off his versatility as a pass-catcher out of the backfield by hauling in 26 receptions for 247 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Unfortunately, the Ravens are now left with a major void to fill up front. Yanda’s absence will surely be felt by both Ingram and quarterback Lamar Jackson. Regardless, he can at least take solace in the fact that he was able to run behind him for at least one season before ending his illustrious, Hall of Fame-worthy career.