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Why the LA Chargers should now re-sign Melvin Ingram

Sep 13, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram (54) celebrates after his fourth quarter interception against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram (54) celebrates after his fourth quarter interception against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Veteran edge rusher Melvin Ingram is still without a team and it is at the point in the offseason where it would value the LA Chargers to bring Ingram back. You could make the case that if the Chargers wanted Ingram back they would have re-signed him by now, but there is still plenty of time to do business and time won’t stop it from happening.

Ingram met with the Kansas City Chiefs several weeks ago but the two sides could not come to an agreement. Ingram remains one of the biggest names still available in free agency because of his age and his injuries last season.

Those are two things that the LA Chargers should absolutely factor in. However, with a decent amount of cap space still remaining and no other super exciting options on the market, the team bringing back Ingram is not as far-fetched as once believed.

Here are 3 reasons why the LA Chargers should now re-sign Melvin Ingram:

1. Melvin Ingram won’t cost the LA Chargers that much

I made this argument before free agency began and there were skeptics. Just because Ingram is a big name does not mean he was guaranteed to get paid and we have seen that firsthand thus far in free agency.

Ingram is on the wrong side of 30 and is coming off the worst year of his career. If Everson Griffen only got $6 million over one-year last offseason after a Pro Bowl year then it was always hard-pressed to imagine Ingram even getting $5 million.

Not that many teams have cap space and the Chargers could easily sign Ingram to a one-year, $3 million contract that is worth up to $6 million in incentives if he plays well. That gives something for Ingram to strive towards without being too pricey for the Bolts.

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