Melvin Ingram: I didn’t feel like a hostage in Pittsburgh

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The Steelers signed edge rusher Melvin Ingram as a free agent in the offseason, but traded him to the Chiefs this week after Ingram expressed interest in moving to a team where he could get more playing time.

After the trade, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that the Ingram signing “just didn’t work out the way we envisioned” and that “it’s better to have volunteers than it is to have hostages” on your roster. Ingram met with the media in Kansas City on Thursday and took issue with the hostage characterization.

“I never felt like a hostage,” Ingram said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. “I don’t know what he means. The situation was kind of different. I don’t want to tell a lie. It was kind of different. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. It was a dope situation. I respect all those guys. I respect coach Tomlin, all the coaches. I respect all the players. It was definitely a blessing to be with those guys.”

Ingram could make his Chiefs debut in Sunday’s game against the Packers and he should have plenty of opportunities to get on the field for a defense that needs him a lot more than Pittsburgh did this season.

7 responses to “Melvin Ingram: I didn’t feel like a hostage in Pittsburgh

  1. I thought it was pretty bad for the defensive coach to basically say “he’s not as good as he thinks he is”. The guy has put in his time, he’s been in the league for 10 years, he’s earned the respect of everyone. Don’t treat him like some sassy rookie or whiney OBJ or loud mouth Marcus Peters. Hopefully he can play to the caliber he hopes and to the caliber the Chiefs need.

  2. “Now, just make some tackles on running plans. Thanks!” from every Chiefs fan

  3. Welcome to Club Laissez Faire — sit back, make a tackle here and there, wait to see if Patty and the boys can straighten out, collect an oversized paycheck. Repeat.

  4. He took it to the media that he wanted to be traded. They gave him what he wanted so he should be quiet and go try to be the player that he thinks that he is.

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