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Chiefs Fall Short of Adding Veteran Pass-Rusher

Max Staley
Kansas City Chiefs fall short of adding a stud veteran pass-rusher.
Kansas City Chiefs fall short of adding a stud veteran pass-rusher. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs made a big splash this offseason by signing former New England Patriots guard Joe Thuney. But the team has narrowly missed out on making a few others, as they were reportedly in on stars like Trent Williams and JuJu Smith-Schuster before both signed elsewhere.

And it seems we can add a third name to that list, as three-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher Melvin Ingram reportedly visited the team, but is leaving Kansas City without putting pen to paper.

Ingram is still unsigned, so KC isn't totally out of the running just yet. But this isn't exactly a good sign.

It's a shame, too, as Ingram would be an excellent fit in Arrowhead. The Chiefs have a legitimate game wrecker on the interior in DT Chris Jones, and Frank Clark has proven to be a terror off the edge. That's been especially true in the postseason, where Clark has 8.0 sacks through six playoff appearances for the team.

But beyond that dynamic duo, there's no one else opponents really need to game plan for on this defensive line.

Adding Ingram would solve that issue in a hurry. Though he struggled with injuries in a strange 2020 campaign (that began with a holdout for the 31-year-old), Ingram is arguably the best pass-rusher available on the open market.

From 2015-19 he averaged 8.6 sacks per year while posting a ProFootballFocus pass-rush grade above 71.5 in all five campaigns. That stretch included three seasons with a pass-rush grade above 82.0, per PFF. There just aren't many guys with track records like that available at this point in the offseason.

Chiefs fans will have to hope Ingram hasn't totally closed the door on playing in Arrowhead.

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