Ingram looking forward to playing with Bush

It might surprise some that one of the Saints who wants Reggie Bush to remain with the team is the player whose presence makes him expendable — first-round draft pick Mark Ingram.

Saints RB Mark Ingram hangs out at the NFL Network studios Friday. (Gary A. Vasquez/NFL)

But such is the case. The running backs have known each other for a couple of years, according to Ingram, and have spoken about the issue. They even were on the same flight to Los Angeles this week — a trip that includes Ingram’s visit to the NFL Network studios and a Friday appearance on “NFL Total Access” (7 p.m. ET).

“I’m really looking forward to being in the same backfield as him and being able to learn from him,” Ingram said of Bush, a first-round pick by the Saints in 2006. “Definitely (we want him there). I think it would be nothing but an advantage for our team to have an explosive guy like him in our offense. I think everyone still wants him. He’s congratulated me and has given me positive advice. He’s always been good to me.”

Bush initially appeared resigned to the fact that he wouldn’t be back in New Orleans after the Saints boldly traded up to take Ingram last month, but he later backed off that stance and said he wants to stay.

As much as Ingram’s addition to a backfield that also includes Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory was believed to be the writing on the wall for Bush, also at issue is the $11.8 million that he’s scheduled to receive in the final year of a contract that both sides acknowledge will be re-worked.

Assuming the money can be worked out, the odds seem to suggest that Bush will be back in New Orleans. And everyone is pretty OK with it.

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