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Melvin Ingram | Defensive Lineman | #54

Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/26/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 247
College: South Carolina
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (18) / LAC
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The Orange County Register confirms Melvin Ingram will move to defensive end in new Chargers DC Gus Bradley's 4-3 scheme.
The switch had been rumored, but not visualized on the field yet because Ingram skipped OTAs during contract negotiations. He signed a four-year, $66 million pact on Sunday. Moving to defensive end, Ingram's IDP value will experience a sizable boost. His value was hurt by his old linebacker designation. Jun 12 - 4:30 PM

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Chargers signed franchise player DE/OLB Melvin Ingram to a four-year, $66 million contract with $42 million guaranteed.

It's nearly the exact same deal Chandler Jones got from the Cardinals in March. The Chargers now have DEs Joey Bosa and Ingram under control through 2020. Ingram, 28, will transition from 3-4 outside linebacker to weak-side "Leo" pass rusher in new DC Gus Bradley's 4-3 scheme. His IDP value will increase with the move. Ingram has collected 18.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles the past two seasons while earning strong run-defense grades from Pro Football Focus. The Bolts have the makings of an imposing pass defense with Ingram and Bosa up front, and Casey Hayward bookending a healthy Jason Verrett at corner.
Jun 11 - 5:26 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports franchise-tagged OLB Melvin Ingram is expected to skip minicamp and potentially part of training camp.

Ingram is already sitting out OTAs. The Chargers haven't made any progress on an extension for him and reportedly have concerns over his injury history and fit in DC Gus Bradley's scheme. Ingram is targeting Chandler Jones money (five years, $82.5 million). The sides have until July 15 to work out a deal.
Source: NFL.com
May 31 - 5:37 PM

Chargers franchise player Melvin Ingram is not attending offseason workouts.

The workouts are voluntary and Ingram has yet to sign his franchise tag, so he's not even technically under contract. It's not surprising in the least that he isn't attending. The Chargers still want to sign Ingram to a long-term deal, a goal that will probably become more realistic after April's draft.
Apr 3 - 5:28 PM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco said he's interested in a long-term deal with unsigned franchise player Melvin Ingram.

"It was important to get him back with us," Telesco said of the tag. "We still have time, until July 15, to try and work on a long-term deal." It's a boilerplate statement, though the Bolts have incentive to reduce Ingram's $15 million cap charge. Heading into his age-28 season, Ingram isn't a spring chicken for someone looking for a monster deal, but formed a lethal duo with Joey Bosa in 2016. The Chargers are likely serious about locking him up.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 2 - 12:20 PM

Chargers assigned the non-exclusive franchise tag to OLB Melvin Ingram.

The non-exclusive tag means Ingram is free to negotiate with other teams, but the Chargers can match any offer sheet and be entitled to two first-round picks if they decide not to match. Ingram's tag costs around $15 million, prohibitive for a team with limited cap space and a long list of free agents, but Ingram has become one of the NFL's top pass rushers after an injury-marred start to his career. He would have landed a massive deal on the open market, and keeping him with Joey Bosa gives LA a dynamic pass-rushing duo. The Chargers will do their best to work out a long-term and cap-friendlier deal before free agency opens next week.
Feb 27 - 8:26 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent OLB Melvin Ingram is expected to be franchise tagged by the Chargers.

Coming off another strong season, Ingram is flying a bit under the radar in the national media, but that won't be the case with teams. The Bolts understand this, making tagging the 28-year-old (in April) pass rusher a bit of a no-brainer. The deadline to apply the tag is Wednesday.
Feb 27 - 1:08 PM

The Colts could be a landing spot for free agent OLB Melvin Ingram.

The Colts run a similar scheme to the Chargers and need a pass-rusher with Robert Mathis retiring and Erik Walden and Trent Cole free agents. Ingram doesn’t have any direct ties to Indy, but played under DC John Pagano his entire career. There should be a bidding war for Ingram if he isn’t franchised. Ingram could command Olivier Vernon money (5 years, $85 million).
Source: ESPN
Feb 18 - 4:31 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said finding a pass rusher is "a must."

The Saints have a standout in DE Cameron Jordan, but they need much more help getting to the quarterback, especially if DT Nick Fairley leaves in free agency. They could attack the problem in the draft, but impending free agent OLB Melvin Ingram would be an intriguing option if the Chargers let him test the market. Jason Pierre-Paul is another interesting possibility.
Feb 18 - 12:20 PM

The Chargers are expecting a breakout year from OLB Melvin Ingram.

"He’s truly matured and become a leader," DC John Pagano said. "He’s somebody who can go out and change a game, can set the edge, and when it’s third down, go affect the quarterback." Ingram had 10.5 sacks as a 16-game starter last year, but didn't come on until the second half. San Diego is counting on him in an every-down role. In a contract year, Ingram has a good chance to top his career highs if he stays healthy.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 02:31:00 PM

Melvin Ingram weighs 246 pounds after playing at 266 pounds last year.

Ingram cut the weight in an effort to become more durable -- he's missed 19 games over the last two years. "Being at 260 or 265, 266, wasn't working, really. I felt quick but I kept getting injured. ... The lighter you are, the less stress it is on your body, the less stress it is on your knees, your hips, your joints or your ankles, your toes -- everything." The Chargers are counting on a Ingram, the No. 18 overall pick in 2012, to finally sustain health and lead a dormant pass rush that ranked 29th in the league in sacks last year.
Tue, May 26, 2015 08:09:00 AM

When asked about OLB Melvin Ingram, GM Tom Telesco said, "It's his time."

Ingram tore an ACL in 2013 and battled a bad hip injury last year. Now healthy, the Chargers are counting on the 2012 first-round pick to lead their pass rush. Ingram had four sacks and 16 QB hurries on just 511 snaps last year.
Tue, May 5, 2015 10:43:00 AM

Chargers exercised OLB Melvin Ingram's team option for 2016.

It's worth $7.751 million. It's a bit of a surprise considering how injury prone Ingram has been, but he brought a decent amount of pass-rush heat last season, generating four sacks in nine games. There's little to lose for the Chargers, as fifth-year team options are not guaranteed. Ingram will be on the spot to up his game and stay healthy in 2015.
Tue, Apr 7, 2015 04:36:00 PM

Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram (hip) is practicing in full for Week 11.

Ingram has been on short-term I.R. since Week 2. The Chargers are hoping to have him available for a "significant role" Sunday against the Raiders. Ingram's return would be a much needed upgrade to a defense that ranks near or at the bottom of the league in both sacks and turnovers. San Diego is also expecting to get OLB Jerry Attaochu back this week.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 07:50:00 PM

Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram (hip) could return for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Ingram was placed on IR with a designation to return on Sept. 20 due to a hip issue. It's unclear if he'll suit up Sunday as it's the first game he's eligible, but he's at least close. The Chargers D/ST is on the upswing with home games against the Raiders and Rams up next.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 10:31:00 AM

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