Mike Tomlin on trading Melvin Ingram: Better to have volunteers than hostages

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When the Steelers signed linebacker Melvin Ingram this offseason, the intent was not to trade him for a late-round pick in November.

That’s what happened on Tuesday, though. Ingram was dealt to the Chiefs for a sixth-round pick in a move that had been brewing since last week and was set in motion by Ingram’s desire for more playing time. Head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about the team’s decision to make that trade at his Tuesday press conference.

Tomlin said that he enjoyed working with Ingram, but that things “just didn’t work out the way we envisioned, the way he envisioned” this season. Tomlin then fell back on a favorite line of his to further explain why the team was willing to make the deal at this point.

“What the team needs is first and foremost,” Tomlin said, via Jenna Harner of WPXI. “But from a team perspective, it’s better to have volunteers than it is to have hostages.”

As we saw during the Le'Veon Bell saga, the Steelers don’t trade every player who might like to be elsewhere but Ingram wasn’t deemed essential to their defense and any thoughts that they might need him down the line were trumped by the rewards of moving on from a player who wanted to move on.

11 responses to “Mike Tomlin on trading Melvin Ingram: Better to have volunteers than hostages

  1. The Steelers never could trade Bell.

    The issue was he was tagged didn’t come to a long term deal by the deadline then didn’t want to play on the tag.

    No team could have signed him after the failure to reach a deal and he wasn’t playing on the tag in 2018 for the steelers or anyone else.

  2. It would also be better to have more than 3 playoff wins in the past 10 years. But just keep talking the gibberish talk I guess.

  3. Smart Pat’s fans like Tomlin. So do Jags, Bronco’s, and Browns fans once playoffs come.

  4. Highsmith outplayed him and he was probably upset about that. But the team needs depth at OLB and now we have one less playable lb…

  5. Smart Pat’s fans like Tomlin. So do Jags, Bronco’s, and Browns fans once playoffs come.

    Tomlin is doing the team and player a favor by letting him go. Also I wasn’t aware there were any smart Pat’s fans ….well I have met any so far.

  6. citizenstrange says:
    It would also be better to have more than 3 playoff wins in the past 10 years. But just keep talking the gibberish talk I guess.
    —————————
    At least they have 3. I know some teams that don’t have any…

  7. Tomlin is a straight shooter. Doesn’t BS and isn’t afraid to answer questions. Give him that.

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