1. The LA Chargers wouldn’t get what you think in a Melvin Ingram trade
I will admit, on paper, the idea of trading Melvin Ingram can make sense. We see this, particularly in the NBA, all the time in other sports. A team, in this case the Chargers, only has one more season with a player and instead flips that one year for future value.
Of course, the idea of trading one year of Melvin Ingram for a first-round pick is intriguing. The problem is that there is absolutely no chance that the Chargers are going to get that much for Ingram. At the absolute most I would say that the Chargers would get a second-round pick and even that is pushing it.
Ingram is on the wrong side of 30 and while he is still a very solid player (which we will get into), no team is going to pay future draft capital to acquire a lineman on the other side of 30 with only one year on his contract.
It makes much more sense for a team to either wait for Ingram to become a free agent and if he gets re-signed by the Chargers or is not great in 2020 then they can use that draft capital for an end.
The only team that might trade a decent package for Ingram would be a desperate contending team and there are no desperate contending teams that have the salary cap to even take on Ingram’s hit.
Is Ingram worth trading for a third-round pick (remember, Trey Pipkins is a third-round pick)? No.