Tuesday's NFL: Ingram lauds Panthers for McCaffrey's big deal

Associated Press

Ravens running back Mark Ingram (Flint) praised the Panthers’ decision to give All-Pro Christian McCaffrey a $16 million-a-year contract and said he’d like to see other top young running backs paid, too.

Carolina Panthers' Christian McCaffrey

Ingram called the 23-year-old McCaffrey an “impact player” and said he deserved the four-year, $64 million contract extension he received Monday after becoming only the third player in NFL history to amass 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in a season.

Ingram said running backs deserve to be paid well, just like other positional players.

“Why should a running back be treated less than another position?” Ingram said in a video conference call. “All of these other positions get high (salaries). … Why is the running back the redheaded stepchild? I think (McCaffrey) deserves that number.”

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