Melvin Ingram is a free agent this offseason and with other free agents the team needs to tend to first, it seems unlikely that Ingram returns to the LA Chargers.
Personally, I think there is a better chance that Ingram returns than most people think, but the fact remains that if another team offers him a decent-sized salary then the Chargers will likely be okay with parting ways.
Ingram is not going to have as big of a market as he would have even last offseason after missing significant time with injury in 2020. Ingram was not as good when he did play as well, and with his age, a decline could happen rapidly.
However, there still should be some suitors interested in Ingram with three potential destinations coming to mind.
1. Las Vegas Raiders
Melvin Ingram re-joins former LA Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley
The Las Vegas Raiders hired Gus Bradley to take over the defense and perhaps that connection could bring another former Charger to another division rival. The familiarity between Bradley and Ingram could lead the Raiders to pursue the three-time Pro Bowler.
The Raiders would not be asking for a starting role out of Ingram. The team currently has Maxx Crosby and Clelin Ferrell at the ends and Ingram would be a rotational player in passing downs, likely splitting times with Ferrell.
It would not only help deepen the Raiders’ pass-rush — which has been one of the worst in the league in recent years and ranked third-to-last in total sacks last year — but it would also help the progression of Ferrell and Crosby as Ingram is a veteran presence.
Crosby is very talented but Ferrell has not lived up to expectations. The fourth overall pick from 2019 has 6.5 sacks in 26 career games.