From rumors at the combine to a bogus tweet in free service, there is building anticipation that the Ravens could land exactly the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ All-Pro running back. Some fans stayed until midnight Wednesday to get Bell’s album release and also hammered throughout his paths together with hopes he’d hint at coming to .

But Bell signed together with the New York Jets, and based on a source, the Ravens never participated in discussions together with him. Alternatively, targeted Mark Ingram and signed the saints ‘ free agent running straight back after that day.

Why would the Ravens select Ingram over Bell? Bell is more younger. He’s a game-changer. He symbolized a opportunity to put it to the rival Steelers.

’s decision goes beyond amounts as well as also an AFC North grudge match. This was about discovering that perfect piece in an intricate free agency puzzle.

Here would be the greatest reasons why the Ravens chased Ingram rather than Bell:

Worth : In the event the Ravens were clearly one playmaker away from a tournament team, it would make more sense to include Bell. But needs wide receivers, pass-rushers, interior offensive linemen, an inside linebacker and also a backup quarterback. The Ravens would have been limited cap-e should they paid Bell $13.1 million per season. The less expensive was Ingram in $5 million per season.

Plus, as offensive coordinator Greg Roman put it,” is seeking to put together”a reliable” of running backs. The Ravens were looking for a lead runner within their own running back by committee. This explains why decided to spend the amount on the playmaking safety in Earl Thomas ($13.75 million per season) and the cheaper running straight back.

Fit in the crime : Until Lamar Jackson shows consistency as a passer, guards will stack the box against . Finding a runner that broke tackles has been essential. A powerfully constructed 5-foot-9, 215-pound back, Ingram suits the Ravens’ plow-up-the-middle philosophy. Bell’s patient, tiptoe-to-the-line approach likely did not. Ingram’s 2.37 average yards after first get ranked fifth in the last season (and in front of Saquon Barkley).

Durability: Ingram has less damage despite playing more seasons than Bell. In eight seasons, Ingram has totaled 1,549 touches — 86 fewer compared to Bell, who’s played five seasons. Managing foot, knee and groin injuries in his career, Bell has played 16 games missed three of those Steelers’ seven playoff games during his period in Pittsburgh. Ingram has missed seven games due to injury on those exact same five seasons, and he would have played every match for the previous few years or even to last season’s four-game suspension to get performance-enhancing drugs.

Leadership: Ingram offers a positive presence within the lockerroom and in the huddle, where he could take some pressure off Jackson. How admired was Ingram in New Orleans? “He’s the core with the team,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees said last season. In addition, it revealed in the amount of Ingram’s team mates that were expecting that he would change his mind and stay in New Orleans. “ about to pull a Anthony Barr.

Signing Bell would have generated enormous buzz to its Ravens. It would have been the hot topic on national sports shows and community talk radio.

If the prime purpose is to sell tickets, then the Ravens should have awarded the significant contract to Bell. In case the goal was to find the best fit, the Ravens were directly to sign Ingram.