Melvin Ingram III Agrees To Join Miami Dolphins Defense

The three-time Pro Bowl defensive end split his 2021 campaign between the Steelers and Chiefs; he previously played for Chargers

MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins and defensive end Melvin Ingram III have reached an agreement, a league source confirmed to ESPN, adding quality depth to a defense that ranked among the most aggressive in the NFL in rushing last season. last season.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Ingram visited the Dolphins ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft in April, joining a unit in Miami that is led by Emmanuel Ogbah, Jaelan Phillips and Andrew Van Ginkel in a rotation that sent loads. on 38 percent of opponents’ passing plays in 2021, the second-highest rate in the league. The Dolphins’ sack rate of 7.3 percent was the seventh highest in the NFL last year.

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

Earlier this month, the Chiefs had placed a qualified unrestricted free agent offer on Ingram, meaning his signing with the Dolphins will count toward the NFL’s compensatory pick formula. Getty Images

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

Earlier this month, the Kansas City Chiefs had placed a qualifying unrestricted free agent offer on Ingram, meaning his signing with the Dolphins will count toward the NFL’s compensatory pick formula. Had Ingram not reached a deal with another club by July 22, the Chiefs would have retained exclusive negotiating rights with Ingram at 110 percent of his 2021 salary, which would have been $4.4 million.

Ingram, 33, joined the Chiefs last season after being traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers just before the trade deadline. After one sack in six appearances for 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 a fumble from Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III in the fourth quarter of the regular-season finale, and it was returned by linebacker Nick Bolton. for the go-ahead touchdown in a 28-24 win.

Ingram began his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers. In nine seasons with the franchise, Ingram had 49 sacks, including a career-high 10.5 in 2015 and 2017.

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

Information from Adam Teicher was used in the writing of this note.

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