3. The LA Chargers would be throwing away a special dynamic and forcing Uchenna Nwosu in the spotlight
Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa are the best pass-rushing tandem in the NFL and the LA Chargers would essentially be throwing away that special dynamic for the prayer that they find someone special in the mid-rounds of the NFL Draft.
This could be for just one more year as well. Prior to the Bosa extension, the Chargers had the most projected cap space for the 2021 season and the team could absolutely afford to bring Ingram back, even with Keenan Allen.
Plus, with his age, Ingram is not going to cost the same amount that he currently does and might even get a salary around $8-11 million. That is absolutely doable on a rookie contract. Just think about it: Tyrod Taylor’s $7.5 million could help pay for Ingram.
There is a chance that Ingram is solid for another 3-4 seasons and the Chargers would be punting on that without even seeing him in 2020. If it ain’t broke, why fix it?
The other aspect of this is the man who would replace Melvin Ingram, Uchenna Nwosu. While Nwosu is exciting and has had really good flashes, I do not think he is ready for a full-time edge-rush role and he is not as good as Charger fans think.
Nwosu posted a 64.8 overall defensive grade on Pro Football Focus last season and is certainly a worse option than Melvin Ingram. Plus, that would significantly hurt the depth at defensive end for the 2020 season.
At the end of the day, the LA Chargers trading Melvin Ingram would be a big mistake and I have faith that Tom Telesco would not make that mistake.