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Saints News, 2/17/15: Saints Unlikely To Use Franchise Tag In 2015

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From NOLA.com: Using the franchise tag designation on Mark Ingram would cost an estimated $10.93 million, far more than the Saints want to pay for a running back.

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Using the franchise tag designation on Mark Ingram would cost an estimated $10.93 million, far more than the Saints want to pay for a running back.

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Former Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice has received no interest since reinstatement | NOLA.com
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