3. Edge rusher
This is particularly targeted at Melvin Ingram. While there are other options that the LA Chargers could go with, if they are going to sign any edge rusher this offseason it should be Melvin Ingram.
It would not be totally shocking if the team is simply playing the waiting game to bring back Ingram at this point of the offseason. Antonio Gates pulled a similar stunt where he did not sign with the team until September, essentially foregoing training camp.
If Ingram is set on returning to LA then that could be the route they are taking and that might be why he has not found a new home. He certainly can be afforded, as he will likely be signed for $4-5 million by whoever signs him.
Ingram would be a great final addition to the front seven. He should not be starting on the outside but using him as a rotational edge rusher will really maximize what he can offer at this point in his career.
Not only can he be better maximized rotationally, but he provides a veteran presence for the young edge rushers to lean on. Uchenna Nwosu has already played with Ingram and can continue to learn from the veteran. Rookie Chris Rumph could learn a lot from someone like Ingram.
Rumph’s tape in college is rather hit or miss and he has a long way to go in defending the run. He is not going to be massively impactful in year one and Kyler Fackrell is more of just of depth option.
Brandon Staley has preached creating a family on the LA Chargers and every family needs the elder statesmen that provides wisdom to the young players. Enter Melvin Ingram.