Titans should trade for Melvin Ingram before the season.
The Los Angeles Chargers are a year away from what looks like a mass exodus, including long-time pass rusher Melvin Ingram.
We can debate whether or not cap space is real in a different article someday, but right now the biggest problem facing Melvin Ingram is that he just is too old for his window to match up correctly with what the Chargers are trying to build.
In case you aren’t sure what I am referring to, Melvin Ingram has been “holding in” during camp this year and he wants a new deal before the season starts.
Like most holdouts, this probably isn’t going to end up with all sides happy, but that is alright. At least, it is alright for the Chargers who showed last year that they don’t negotiate with players who holdout (or hold if we are talking about this season) when they let Melvin Gordon waste away.
Right now, Ingram doesn’t have much leverage on the Chargers and you can just pick from a list of reasons why:
-They just signed their top EDGE (Joey Bosa) to a massive deal.
-He has no guarantees in his contract.
-At 31, he is a very similar boat to Justin Houston who was released by the Chiefs at a similar point in his career.
-He is a free agent after this season and isn’t likely to get a new deal with Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, Mike Pouncey, Desmond King, Denzel Perryman, and both starting guards all set to hit the market.
No matter how you slice it, the Chargers are planning for life without Melvin Ingram sooner rather than later. So, why not make a deal with the Titans and get back some value for a player they don’t love?