Second most tradable player on the LA Chargers: Melvin Ingram III
It is difficult to list a player this talented as “tradable,” but there may be a good reason to trade Ingram if the Chargers go through another rough season.
Like many other Chargers players, Melvin Ingram is set to hit free agency in 2021, upon the completion of his 4 year, $64 million deal.
While Ingram is now on the wrong side of 30, he has yet to show significant signs of decline. If anything, the stats from his past four years showed growth and consistency from Ingram that warrants a higher payday with higher guarantees. In fact, after Ingram made his first pro bowl in 2017, he continued to make three consecutive pro bowl appearances.
Given this, Ingram is likely to attract a high money contract, although it may be on a relatively short deal due to age. While Ingram was certainly worth the contract he just had and may be worth the next large contract he has coming, the Chargers may not be interested in paying someone who may not help the team by the time Justin Herbert is ready to lead a super bowl run.
Although Ingram’s contract is set to expire after this season, he may have significant trade value to a contender. Melvin Ingram has consistent production as an edge rusher, as he has produced no less than 7 sacks for five straight seasons, all while being an above-average run defender.
What might the Chargers get in return for a trade of Ingram? The tricky part of this situation here is finding a team that is able to accept Ingram’s $16.6 million cap hit. Perhaps the Chargers could get a third or slightly better for Ingram if they are willing to absorb some salary in the deal, or perhaps some overpaid veteran in return.
At this point, it makes no sense to trade the talented edge rusher. In fact, if Justin Herbert shows any signs of being a good quarterback, it makes sense to keep Ingram. However, if the wheels fall off early and the Chargers feel like they may not contend soon, getting some value for Ingram now is a move that could possibly be made.