Melvin Ingram’s holdout with the LA Chargers is not the same as Melvin Gordon’s.
Per Daniel Popper of The Athletic, Melvin Ingram is sitting out practice at Chargers’ training camp due to concerns with his contract. Ingram sat out practice on Friday and Monday without much reasoning given until now. Anthony Lynn had previously said that it was “company business”.
Some will draw comparisons to Melvin Gordon‘s contract holdout last year. While it’s understandable why people would make that connection, the situations are actually quite different.
Here is how they are different.
1. Melvin Ingram has no guaranteed money in 2020
Melvin Ingram has no guaranteed money in the final year of his deal this season. In a season that could end up getting canceled by the pandemic, that’s a glaring issue. As Popper mentions, guaranteed money rolls over to the future in the event that the season does happen to get canceled, but that wouldn’t be the case for Ingram.
Ingram was fine playing last year without guaranteed money, but that was also a circumstance he could control. Not knowing whether there will be 16 games to play is a very different situation from being able to take it game by game. A restructuring of Ingram’s contract also wouldn’t really change the LA Chargers’ salary cap situation.
For a player of Ingram’s caliber, asking for a partially or fully guaranteed 2020 contract due to the pandemic isn’t crazy. That’s another difference with the Gordon situation, considering Gordon’s rookie contract that he signed was fully guaranteed.