Chargers Free Agency

LA Chargers: Free agents to now target with J.J. Watt now unavailable

CLEVELAND, OHIO - NOVEMBER 15: Defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans warms up prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - NOVEMBER 15: Defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans warms up prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. Melvin Ingram

The LA Chargers can simply bring back an old friend

I feel like the only person that thinks that Melvin Ingram will return to the LA Chargers. Well, I am not the only one, but I definitely am one of very few people that think it is going to happen.

What is more likely, Melvin Ingram on the Chargers or on another team in 2021? (Not if you WANT him to be back, just if you think he will come back or not).

— Bolt Beat (@BB_Chargers) March 1, 2021

At the time of writing this, 21.1% of our Twitter followers think it is more likely that Ingram plays elsewhere in 2021. I certainly understand that sentiment, as Ingram as hurt last season and definitely is past his prime, but I do think there is a good chance that he returns.

The fact that he was banged up last season and was not as great as a result is going to lower his price. Before the season, it was expected that the Chargers would only have the money to bring back either Hunter Henry or Melvin Ingram.

Now, with Ingram’s season, the Chargers can easily afford to bring him back. I’ve brought this example up before but Everson Griffen signed a one-year, $6 million contract after a Pro Bowl season last offseason and he is older than Ingram.

If Griffen got that much why do we expect an injured Ingram to get much more? I think the Chargers could legitimately re-sign Ingram to a two-year, $8 million contract.

That seems low but after fully guaranteeing his contract last season Ingram may repay the favor for the Chargers. He won’t be the same Ingram that he was two-plus years ago, but he still provides valuable veteran leadership and quality snaps, especially for that price.

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