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3 Most Likely Melvin Ingram Destinations in 2022 NFL Free Agency

Devon Platana
The three most likely 2022 NFL free agency destinations for defensive end Melvin Ingram.
The three most likely 2022 NFL free agency destinations for defensive end Melvin Ingram. / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Melvin Ingram split the 2021 NFL season between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. His 10th campaign with 25 tackles, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble in 15 games played.

Although he may not be at a Pro-Bowl level anymore, Ingram will receive his fair share of attention when free agency opens next week. After all, there are always teams hungry to add a veteran pass-rusher.

Here's a look at the three most likely 2022 NFL free agency destinations for Ingram.

Melvin Ingram Free Agency

1. Kansas City Chiefs

Even though Ingram is set to become a free agent, a return to the Chiefs is not out of the question. He was one of the team's bright spots on defense after he was acquired from the Steelers, with the Chiefs going 7-2 (regular season + playoffs) with him in the lineup as a starter. ESPN's Adam Teicher reported in February that there was mutual interest from both sides to keep the veteran defender in town. The Chiefs' pass-rush is already a disaster as it is, so it isn't like they can afford to let Ingram walk. Besides, playing for Kansas City offers one of the most reliable paths for a deep playoff run, which could be enough to entice the 32-year-old to stay as he searches for his first Super Bowl appearance.

2. New York Jets

The New York Jets pass rush was downright awful in 2021, proven by the team's 259.4 passing yards allowed per game (No. 30) and 33.0 total sacks for (T-No. 25). Head coach Robert Salah has emphasized that he wants the team to improve that area this offseason, which could be done by signing Ingram. While he may be in the back half of his career, it was only two seasons ago that the 10-year vet recorded 7.0 sacks en route to Pro-Bowl honors. Ingram may not be at that level anymore, but Saleh may be able to get the most out of him. The Jets will also likely draft several defenders in April, so having another veteran around could help their development as well.

3. Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers are approximately $44.9 million over the salary cap (via Spotrac). They could cut edge rushers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith to create more than $27.7 million in space. However, that also means that the Packers would need to find a cheaper replacement. At this stage of his career, management can probably sign Ingram to a more affordable deal. Playing for Green Bay also gives him a legitimate shot at a Super Bowl run while also playing big minutes, which makes up for the lower salary. If the Packers want to make the most of Aaron Rodgers' final years, shoring up the defense with veterans like Ingram should be a priority.

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