Pittsburgh Steelers edge defender Melvin Ingram is headed to the Kansas City Chiefs in a trade, according to PFF's Ari Meirov. The Chiefs will be sending a sixth-round pick to the Steelers, and Ingram brings a veteran minimum salary of about $600K to Kansas City.
Ingram arrived in Pittsburgh after the better part of a decade spent with the Los Angeles Chargers and was off to a strong start alongside the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, T.J. Watt, and 2020 third-rounder Alex Highsmith.
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Source: #Steelers are trading pass-rusher Melvin Ingram to the #Chiefs. Both sides had several discussions over the last week about getting this deal done and it's finally happening. Some much-needed pass-rush help coming to KC.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 2, 2021
Ingram’s 13.7% pressure percentage and 17.6% pass rush win rate so far in 2021 are both top-30 marks among edge defenders, and his six quarterback hits are tied for the 14th-most. His 82.1 pass-rush grade so far this season is his best mark since 2017 and continues a consecutive streak of 70.0-plus pass rush grades that dates back to 2014.
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Since 2014, Melvin Ingram is ninth among edge rushers with 385 total quarterback pressures and 19th in sacks with 48. He represents a huge upgrade for the Chiefs defensive line, as the team currently ranks dead last in run-defense grade at 38.0 and second-to-last in pass-rush grade at 62.4.
The Chiefs have a ton of familiarity with Ingram, a 2012 first-round pick of the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers. He now gears up for a Super Bowl run to close out a very impressive career.
Ingram’s frustration with his diminished role in Pittsburgh is a bit confusing considering Watt and Highsmith were already established on the edge, as Highsmith earned a 72.0 overall grade and 71.5 pass-rush grade in his rookie season while Watt has been one of NFL's elite edge defenders. Highsmith became a full-time starter in Week 13 and had 17 quarterback pressures to Watt’s 15 over the final five weeks of the season (Watt missed Week 17 to injury).
This past offseason, Ingram also took visits to the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. ESPN’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reported last week that the Kansas City Chiefs made the Steelers a trade offer recently.