Steelers trade Melvin Ingram to Chiefs for sixth-round draft pick

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Melvin Ingram is on the move.

Ingram, the veteran linebacker who saw his playing time dramatically reduced in Pittsburgh, is being traded to Kansas City.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Chiefs are giving up a sixth-round pick for Ingram.

The Steelers had previously turned down an offer from the Chiefs for Ingram, thinking they’d rather not trade him to a team that they could be in competition with for an AFC wild card berth. But they’ve apparently decided that getting something for Ingram is better than getting nothing for him.

Ingram’s playing time has steadily declined this season, and he hasn’t worked out the way the Steelers thought he would when he signed a one-year, $4 million contract. The Chiefs are desperate to improve their defense, and he may be able to contribute more in Kansas City than he did in Pittsburgh.

16 responses to “Steelers trade Melvin Ingram to Chiefs for sixth-round draft pick

  1. Poor guy may be getting on the elevator going down. But he needs to do something more than backup snaps at this point in his career if he is going to hook on next year with a post-pandemic contracted.

  2. Steelers probably reasoned it out…Ingram wasn’t working out and how much of an impact he’ll have in KC could be negligible. So, while trading him within the AFC wasn’t ideal, he may not work out any better for the Chiefs.

  3. How did Melvin do when the Stillers played the Packers earlier this season? He’ll get another chance come Sunday.

  4. The guy hit the cliff hard and is basically done with no burst left (his injured knee from a few years ago) to rush the passer, but the Chiefs are so bad on D he might be an upgrade and probably better the then $20 million or so being wasted on Frank.

  5. I saw Tuszka in the game on Sunday and they promoted Taco from the practice squad for the game, so they obviously feel these two can do the job. I guess when Ingram signed he believed he could supplant Highsmith on the edge because it is obvious that Tomlin rides his best players and backups do a lot of watching.

  6. Ingram wasn’t bad with the Steelers. His level of play was roughly comparable to Highsmith’s. But it makes a lot more sense for the Steelers to ride a second-year player and have him continue to progress, than turn to a veteran on a one-year deal. He’ll likely be an upgrade for KC. And rather than having a distraction on the bench, the Steelers get a 6th rounder back.

  7. The Steelers had previously turned down an offer from the Chiefs for Ingram, thinking they’d rather not trade him to a team that they could be in competition with for an AFC wild card berth. But they’ve apparently decided that getting something for Ingram is better than getting nothing for him.

    Or it could be they don’t believe the Chiefs will be in contention for a wild card spot since their play so far this year has been awful.

  8. Can he deflect passes and make tackles before the runner is 8 yards downfield? Sold!

  9. I would have kept him and reduced Watt’s and Highsmith’s snaps by 5%.

    Lost in the narrative of the Steelers/Browns January, 2021 playoff game is the Steelers reliance on their 4th string outside linebacker–an undersized and overwhelmed Cassius Marsh. The Browns ran right at him over and over and over. Hand any team in this league a guaranteed 7 yards per play and you lose 100/100 times.

  10. youpassbutter says:
    November 2, 2021 at 1:07 pm
    I would have kept him and reduced Watt’s and Highsmith’s snaps by 5%

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    Taco had a solid game against Cleveland so no worries, he gives the Steelers the same level of performance in the rotation as Ingram did with more upside.

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