The 2021 NFL Draft has come and gone, meaning teams will turn back to free agency to fill any holes remaining on their roster. One player who is still looking to be signed is former Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram.
Ingram has spent each of his nine seasons with the Chargers organization. The three-time Pro-Bowler was held back by injuries last season, limiting him to just seven games. During that time, Ingram recorded 10 total tackles and 0 sacks. It was a far cry from his past work, but he's hoping to prove last season was just an outlier by bouncing back in 2021.
Keeping that in mind, here are three of the most likely free-agent destinations for Ingram following the 2021 NFL Draft.
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3. Cleveland Browns
While the Cleveland Browns have a pretty decent defense, they somewhat failed to address any edge-rushing needs through the 2021 NFL Draft. With over $21 million to spend, according to Spotrac, they can afford to sign Ingram to a cheap contract. After his performance last season, it's unlikely that his services will cost that much. Yes, they already have Jadeveon Clowney and Myles Garrett as their primary edge rushers, but they could use some depth behind them, especially after the former missed half of last season with a knee injury. Plus, a healthy Clowney is more than capable of rushing from the interior, giving Cleveland the flexibility to occasionally put all three on the field in obvious passing situations.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs make sense as a destination for Ingram for multiple reasons. For one, they have over $9.8 million in cap space. It's not the most money, but it's more than enough for Ingram after his down year. And the Chiefs already met with Ingram earlier in free agency, so the interest could still be there. They did draft DE Joshua Kaindoh in the fourth round, but they may feel more confident in deploying a veteran like Ingram until their rookie is ready for a bigger role.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the 2021 NFL Draft needing to find some edge-rushing help. They did draft UAB's Jordan Smith in the fourth round, but he was the only edge rusher the team selected. Taking a flyer on Ingram makes sense. Cap space isn't an issue, as the team has upwards of $39.3 million left to spend. Inking the three-time Pro Bowler to a lucrative one-year deal would allow Jacksonville to bolster its pass-rushing unit while adding a rock-solid mentor for developing prospects like Josh Allen and K'Lavon Chaisson.
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