Saints restructure contract of running back Mark Ingram to create cap room _lowres

New Orleans Saints' Mark Ingram (22) runs as Carolina Panthers' Bene' Benwikere (25) defends in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

The New Orleans Saints have restructured the contract of running back Mark Ingram in order to open up more salary cap space, according to NFLPA records.

Ingram, who was previously scheduled to make $3 million in base salary this year, will now make $765,000 in base salary, with the rest of the $2.235 million converted to a signing bonus.

The hit from the signing bonus is then spread over the rest of the cap. New Orleans restructured the contracts of both defensive end Cam Jordan and punter Thomas Morstead the same way to clear space for their recent signings.

Now, the Saints head into the month of April with $3,604,470 in cap space, according to NFLPA records, after the new contracts for Nick Fairley and tight end Josh Hill have been added to the system.