Pass-rusher Melvin Ingram has signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The deal will keep Ingram with the team through 2021. Ingram has spent all nine years of his career thus far with the Los Angeles Chargers.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 19, 2021
Melvin Ingram, Pittsburgh Steelers, Agree to Contract
Ingram’s 2020 season was marred heavily by injury. He only played in seven games but put up even fewer statistics than that would suggest. He had 10 combined tackles (five solo) and zero sacks for the first time in his career. However, he did pull in an interception and had two pass deflections.
Ingram played football in high school at Richmond Senior in North Carolina, and then in college with South Carolina. His 2011 season got him the honors of First-Team All-SEC and All-American. In 2012 he was drafted in the first round by the Chargers. Although active for all 16 games, he only started two of them; despite that his playing time was still respectable, as he had 41 combined tackles. 2013 and 2014 did not go as well, as Ingram struggled with injuries and played only 13 games out of 32 in that time. However, he did return late in the 2013 season to play in the postseason, where he got his first career interception in the Wildcard round.
In 2015 he bounced back and had his breakout season, finishing with 65 combined tackles (52 solo), 10.5 sacks, and six pass deflections – all career highs. The following season he and Joey Bosa formed a fearsome pass-rushing duo, and from 2015 to 2018, Ingram did not miss a single game. 2016 saw him set a career-high with five forced fumbles, and 2017 saw him match his previous career-high of 10.5 sacks. The 2017 season also gave him his first and only defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery. Ingram made three Pro Bowls from 2017 to 2019.
Thus far in his career, Ingram has 360 combined tackles (265 solo), 49 sacks, 13 forced fumbles and seven recoveries, three interceptions, and 29 pass deflections.
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