Report: Dolphins sign former Chiefs defensive end Melvin Ingram

According to NFL reporter Jordan Schultzthe Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms with former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Melvin Ingram.

The terms of Ingram’s deal with Miami are not yet known.

Ingram, 33, was traded to the Chiefs from the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a sixth-round pick just before the 2021 midseason trade deadline.

After spending nine seasons (and three Pro Bowls) with the Los Angeles Chargers, Ingram signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Steelers that paid him the NFL minimum wage ($1.1 million). dollars) plus a signing bonus of $2.9 million. in 2021 and four zero years from 2022 to 2025.

Unhappy because he was seeing less playing time than he wanted in Pittsburgh, Ingram asked for a trade. The Chiefs – who had sued Ingram before he signed with the Steelers – were more than happy to give up the sixth-round pick and take the remainder of his 2021 salary, which was just under $600. $000.

So after playing just six games for the Steelers, Pittsburgh ended up eating $1.1 million from Ingram’s contract as dead money in 2021 — plus another $2.3 million this season when the four null years have reached their 2022 salary cap.

In nine regular season games at Kansas City, Ingram had 15 tackles (7 solo), one sack, one forced fumble, five quarterback hits and 11 pressures. But he immediately became a leader in defense – and after his arrival the team went 8-1 as the defense allowed just 16 points per game.

The Chiefs were expected to re-sign Ingram for 2022 – and the Monday following the NFL Draft, they issued him a rarely used bid for an unrestricted free agent contract. This call for tenders – which, under Article 9(b) of the 2020 collective agreement, was to be at least $1.8 million (110% of his $1.1 million base salary and $585,000 pro-rated signing bonus from 2021) – would have allowed the Chiefs to sign him for the amount of the bidding for 2022, unless Ingram can sign with another team by July 22.

But now that Ingram is signing with the Dolphins, the Chiefs could earn an additional compensatory draft pick in 2023 — something that couldn’t have happened without Ingram’s UFA bid.

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