Ingram received the Chargers' franchise tag Monday, CSN's Albert Breer reports. Ingram and the Chargers still have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal. However, in the event the two sides don't agree to terms in time, it isn't clear if he'll be priced as a linebacker or a defensive end under the franchise tag given Ingram's nature as an edge rusher. The former is estimated to amount to $15 million while the latter will likely come in around $17 million. Regardless, Los Angeles should be able to expect a solid return on investment from a player who hasn't missed a game the last two seasons and racked up 18.5 sacks and 125 tackles across that time span.
Ingram received the Chargers' franchise tag on Monday, CSN's Albert Breer reports. Ingram and the Chargers still have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal. However, in the event the two sides don't agree to terms in time, it isn't clear if he'll be priced as a linebacker or a defensive end. The former is estimated to amount to $15 million while the latter will likely come in around $17 million. Ingram hasn't missed a game the last two seasons and racked up a combined 18.5 sacks and 125 tackles in that time span. Combined with NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Joey Bosa, he's now set to spearhead the Chargers' pass rush for at least one more year.
Ingram finished the season with 60 tackles, eight sacks and four forced fumbles. Ingram performed well in a contract year, nearly missing his career mark in sacks which he set in 2015. While the 27-year-old is expected to command a lucrative deal in free agency should he hit the open market, it's not a given the former first-round pick will return to the team that drafted him in 2012, as the Chargers may not want to match the price tag. Still, Ingram figures to be a pass rushing force for any team that does ultimately sign the versatile linebacker, and as a result should be on the radar in deeper IDP leagues.
Ingram picked up three tackles and a sack in Saturday's loss to the Browns. That's now back-to-back weeks with a sack as Ingram has paired nicely with Joey Bosa to create a formidable pass rush. While his sack numbers have been down this season, Ingram's strong end to the year could be a sign of things to come, as the Bosa-Ingram tandem could be a nightmare for teams in the future, and a boon for IDP owners.
Ingram recorded a sack, six tackles and two forced fumbles in the loss to the Raiders on Sunday. The sack Sunday was Ingram's first since Week 10, as the Chargers have struggled to put together a consistent pass rush save for Joey Bosa. With just two weeks yet to play, it doesn't seem likely that Ingram will surpass his 2015 numbers, in which he recorded 10 and a half sacks, but he's become the Chargers' second-best option in terms of pass rush and has teamed nicely with the aforementioned Bosa throughout the year.