The Steelers added a former Chargers Professional Bowler to bolster depth at a key place this summer season, signing longtime guard Trai Turner to interchange the departed David DeCastro. Now, they may do it once more. Practically a month after Turner’s arrival, Pittsburgh is making ready to host free agent cross rusher Melvin Ingram, who spent the primary 9 years of his profession with Los Angeles, on a go to this week. That is based on CBS Sports activities NFL insider Jason La Canfora, who reported Sunday that the Steelers are looking for assist at that spot.
Pittsburgh has added few cross rushers since shedding former first-round choose Bud Dupree by way of free company this offseason. With coaching camp across the nook, they lately expressed curiosity in Justin Houston, the 32-year-old former Chiefs and Colts starter who stays unsigned, per La Canfora. Houston does not at the moment look like a match, whether or not for schematic or monetary causes, so now Ingram is scheduled to go to the Steelers, together with doubtlessly a number of different unsigned veterans.
The Steelers have arguably one of many NFL‘s prime 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 March to take snaps reverse Watt.
Ingram would signify a right away improve on the outdoors linebacker spot. The previous Chargers first-rounder is 32 and missed 9 video games in 2020 resulting from a knee harm, ending with no single sack for the primary time in his NFL profession. When wholesome, nevertheless, he is lengthy been one of many recreation’s steadiest cross rushers. A 3-time Professional Bowler, he went 5 straight seasons with no less than seven sacks from 2015-2019, twice hitting double digits and enjoying all 16 video games 4 instances throughout that span.
Different notable cross rushers nonetheless in the marketplace embody 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.