The Steelers had already added a former Chargers Professional Bowler to bolster depth at a key place this summer time, signing longtime guard Trai Turner to interchange the departed David DeCastro. Now, practically a month after Turner’s arrival, Pittsburgh has signed former Chargers move rusher Melvin Ingram to a one-year contract, in keeping with NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport. The information comes someday after CBS Sports activities NFL insider Jason La Canfora reported that the Steelers have been looking for assist at move rusher heading into coaching camp.
Ingram remained affected person on the open market regardless of having acquired curiosity from the Chiefs and Dolphins, in keeping with Rapoport. Ingram, who visited the Steelers on Monday, apparently preferred his go to sufficient to spend the 2021 season in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh has added few move rushers since dropping former first-round choose Bud Dupree through free company this offseason. With coaching camp across the nook, they just lately expressed curiosity in Justin Houston, the 32-year-old former Chiefs and Colts starter who stays unsigned, per La Canfora.
The Steelers have arguably one of many NFL’s high edge rushers in two-time All-Professional T.J. Watt, who’s had three straight 13-sack seasons and is coming off a career-high 15 sacks. With Dupree gone, nevertheless, they’re set to depend on rookie Quincy Roche and reserves like Alex Highsmith and Cassius Marsh to take snaps reverse Watt.
Ingram represents a direct improve on the exterior linebacker spot. The previous Chargers first-rounder is 32 and missed 9 video games in 2020 as a result of a knee harm, ending with out a single sack for the primary time in his NFL profession. When wholesome, nevertheless, he is lengthy been one of many sport’s steadiest move rushers. A 3-time Professional Bowler, he went 5 straight seasons with not less than seven sacks from 2015-2019, twice hitting double digits and taking part in all 16 video games 4 occasions throughout that span.
Different notable move rushers nonetheless in the marketplace embrace longtime Vikings defensive finish Everson Griffen, ex-Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin, former Browns and Giants starter Olivier Vernon and former Falcons first-rounder Vic Beasley.