3 Best Remaining Melvin Ingram Free-Agent Destinations in 2022

Larry Rupp
Three of the best remaining free agent destinations for defensive end Melvin Ingram.
Three of the best remaining free agent destinations for defensive end Melvin Ingram. / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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The last two seasons have certainly been disappointing for defensive end Melvin Ingram (2.0 sacks in 22 games). However, he made three straight Pro Bowls from 2018-2020 and remains motivated to prove he isn't ready to hang up the cleats just yet. That makes the 32-year-old an enticing free agent.

Having depth in the pass rushing department can be the difference between being a legitimate Super Bowl contender and a team that misses out on the playoffs entirely. With that being said, here's a look at three of the best remaining free agent destinations for Ingram.

Melvin Ingram Free Agency

1. Kansas City Chiefs

The idea of Ingram re-signing in Kansas City is becoming more and more likely as the offseason rolls on. The two sides were reported to have mutual interest back in February and the Chiefs obviously need help along the d-line. They finished with just 31.0 sacks last season (No. 29 in NFL). Kansas City posted a 7-2 record with Ingram as a starter in 2021 and his veteran presence goes a long way in keeping the locker room confident and prepared. The 10-year pro is also still in search of his first Super Bowl ring and the Chiefs have made it to the big game in two of the last three years.

2. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens thought they landed their top pass-rushing target in Za'Darius Smith before he backed out to take a more lucrative deal with the Minnesota Vikings. Baltimore is suddenly thin along the edge and have two starters coming off offseason surgeries (Odafe Oweh & Tyus Bowser). Ingram has experience playing in the AFC North and knows what it takes to get into the backfield (51.0 career sacks). The Ravens will need to keep players like Joe Burrow and Deshaun Watson uncomfortable in the pocket if they want any shot of making some noise in 2022. Ingram could be the missing piece to the puzzle for new defensive coordinator Mike MacDonald.

3. New York Jets

Head coach Robert Saleh was adamant following the conclusion of the 2021 season that addressing a weak defensive line would be a top priority in the offseason. However, the team has made zero impact signings despite finishing with the sixth-lowest pressure percentage in the NFL (21.4%). The route of drafting young defenders in April seems to be the way the front office wants to go. While that is a sound strategy for a rebuilding team, signing Ingram would go a long way in helping develop the incoming rookies. After all, it was just two seasons ago that he posted 7.0 sacks and 12 quarterback hits. Saleh may be able to bring out the best in Ingram.

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