LA Chargers’ potential 2021 first-round need: 3. Defensive end
The LA Chargers just gave left end Joey Bosa the most guaranteed money that a defensive player has ever received as well as the highest average annual salary that a defensive player has ever had.
On the other side of the defensive line, the team has a solid Pro Bowl end in Melvin Ingram, whose contract expires after this season. Ingram, more than anyone (aside from maybe Hunter Henry) is going to need a good 2020 season to get a decent contract in 2021.
Whether or not the Chargers re-sign Ingram is a hot debate among the fanbase and it all really depends on this season. If he plays at 85 percent of what he has the past three years and is willing to take a pay cut then it makes sense to re-sign him.
However, at his age, if another team offers him a bulky contract then the Chargers have to walk away. Sure, they have the immediate funds to afford both Ingram and Allen, but I would hate to lose someone like Derwin James shortly down the road because the Chargers are paying a 34-year-old Melvin Ingram.
Uchenna Nwosu is an intriguing option to take over for Ingram in 2021 but he is a run specialist and does not add much to the passing attack. Thus, it would not surprise me if the Chargers went with a first-round defensive end, especially if there is a great one available, to pair alongside Joey Bosa and essentially be the new dynamic pass-rushing duo.