Chargers News: Melvin Ingram expected to get franchise tagged

Melvin Ingram will not hit free agency
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Los Angeles Chargers edge rusher Melvin Ingram will not hit the open market, according to ESPN.

The Chargers are expected to use their exclusive franchise tag designation on Ingram.

Ingram compiled 18.5 sacks over the past two seasons. He was also among the league leaders in passes defended. The Chargers edge player was expected to become one of the top pass rushers on the free agency market.

However, he joins rushers Chandler Jones, Jason Pierre-Paul and Kawaan Short as defensive linemen who are expected to be franchise tagged.

In 2016, Ingram ranked as the No. 6 player at his position, per Pro Football Focus. The subscriptions service gave him an 88.1 accumulative grade in 2016. Ingram registered 60 tackles, eight sacks, five pass defenses and five forced fumbles.

According to, Ingram could receive a $15.701 million fully guaranteed salary for the 2017 season as the Chargers’ franchise designation. This will not prevent the Chargers from negotiating a long-term contract before the July deadline.

It remains to be seen what his role will be under the Chargers new head coach Gus Bradley and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. 

Bradley has already said he will switch the Chargers base defense from a 3-4 to a 4-3. Ingram primarily played as standup rusher in the Chargers’ 3-4 scheme, but he could play more of a traditional defensive role under Bradley.

Ingram, 27, was the No. 18 overall pick in 2012 NFL draft. March 1 is the deadline for the Chargers to officially use their franchise tender.

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