Source: Fins add to passing rush with DE Ingram

MIAMI — The Dolphins and defensive end Melvin Ingram have agreed to a contract, a league source confirmed to ESPN, adding quality depth to a passing rush that ranked among the most aggressive in the NFL. last season.

The three-time Pro Bowler visited the Dolphins ahead of the draft in April. He joins Miami passers Emmanuel Ogbah, Jaelan Phillips and Andrew Van Ginkel on a rotation that blitzed 38% of opponents dropouts in 2021 – the second-highest rate in the league. The Dolphins’ sack rate of 7.3 percent was ranked seventh in the league last season.

While the majority of the Dolphins’ major additions this offseason have come on the offensive end of the ball, Ingram represents their biggest defensive addition yet. Miami re-signed most of its defensive free agents, including Ogbah and linebackers Elandon Roberts, Brennan Scarlett and Duke Riley. He spent fourth- and seventh-round picks on linebackers Channing Tindall and Cameron Goode, respectively.

NFL reporter Jordan Schultz was the first to report Ingram’s deal with the Dolphins.

Earlier this month, the Kansas City Chiefs placed the unrestricted free agent offer on Ingram, which means his signing with the Dolphins will count towards the NFL’s compensatory selection formula. Had Ingram not signed by July 22, the Chiefs would have retained exclusive trading rights to him at 110% of his 2021 salary, which would have been $4.4 million.

Ingram, 33, joined the Chiefs last season after being traded by the Pittsburgh Steelers shortly before the trade deadline. After posting one sack in six games with the Steelers, Ingram added three more in 12 games with the Chiefs.

In one of the Chiefs’ biggest defensive plays of the season, Ingram forced Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon to fumble, which was fired by linebacker Nick Bolton for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. a 28-24 win in the regular season finale.

Ingram was drafted by the Chargers in 2012, and during his nine seasons there he had 49 sacks, including a career-high 10.5 in 2015 and 2017.

He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl after the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons.

ESPN’s Adam Teicher contributed to this report.

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