Melvin Ingram is traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a sixth-round selection.
Melvin Ingram III, a linebacker with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is on the move.
The Steelers confirmed Tuesday that they have sold Ingram to the Kansas City Chiefs for a sixth-round selection ahead of the trade deadline.
Ingram, a former Pro Bowler with the Los Angeles Chargers, signed a one-year contract with the Steelers as a rotational outside linebacker during training camp, but recently voiced dissatisfaction with his job after playing just 26% of plays against the Seattle Seahawks.
Ingram, who missed last week’s practice and didn’t go to the Steelers’ game in Cleveland due to a groin issue, has one sack and 10 tackles in his short time in Pittsburgh. The Steelers’ faith in second-year outside linebacker Alex Highsmith, who has 1.5 sacks and 25 tackles this season, is reflected in Ingram’s restricted role.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stated, “I like working with Melvin.” “It simply didn’t work out the way we wanted it to, or the way he wanted it to. And that occurs sometimes in free agency, which is why, culturally, we want to develop our squad mostly via the draft.”
The Chiefs and Steelers have been in trade negotiations for a few weeks, but the Steelers have chosen to keep their pass-rusher in the hopes of finding a bidder outside of the AFC. However, the market never developed, and Ingram’s trade request was honored by moving him to Kansas City.
“First and foremost, what the team need,” Tomlin said. “It’s also preferable to have volunteers rather than hostages, so that’s also beneficial for the team.”
The Steelers’ outside linebacker depth is scant now that Ingram is gone. Behind starters T.J. Watt and Highsmith, Derrek Tuszka, a seventh-round pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2020 draft, is the only other outside linebacker on the active roster. For the game in Cleveland, Pittsburgh promoted practice squad pass-rusher Taco Charlton to the active roster, giving the Steelers another option at the position.
“We’re looking forward to Taco’s growth and development,” Tomlin added. “We’ll continue to give him chances, as well as Derreck, to provide depth to the outside linebacker position. Obviously, we’re really pleased with Alex Highsmith’s progress and development.”
In eight games, the Chiefs have just 11 sacks, which is the second-lowest total in the NFL. This season, Chris Jones has spent more time on the edge, but it hasn’t improved the pass rush. He has three sacks in his possession.
Frank Clark, Kansas City’s other best pass rusher, has just one sack, which came on the Giants’ last play in the Chiefs’ 20-17 victory Monday night.