In case you missed it, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent pass-rusher Melvin Ingram to a one-year deal on Monday. A key addition to the Steelers’ defense not only puts pressure on opposing teams’ offenses but on themselves as well with people now sharing higher expectations for the Steelers’ upcoming 2021-22 season.
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Steelers Sign Melvin Ingram
Steelers sign Melvin Ingram to a one-year deal was a really smart move for Pittsburgh as they boosted their defensive front and pass-rushing ability. In the 2020-21 NFL season, the Steelers possessed one of the most elite defenses throughout the league with TJ Watt, Joe Haden, and Minkah Fitzpatrick all holding their own week after week. Add a veteran like Ingram to the mix and the defense should only improve.
Bud Dupree, who suffered a torn ACL last season signed with the Tennessee Titans this offseason creating a hole in the Steelers’ defense. Dupree’s replacement last season was rookie Alex Highsmith who turned heads with his surprising pass-rushing ability and natural football IQ.
The second-year linebacker can take a sigh of relief as he will be gaining instant support from their most recent signing Melvin Ingram.
This is a deal in which both parties mutually benefit. Ingram leaves a decent situation in Los Angeles working closely with Joey Bosa to an even better situation in Pittsburgh operating alongside TJ Watt, Cameron Heyward, and Stephon Tuitt.
The Steelers already possess the best front four pass-rushers if you added an invisible fourth player, but adding Ingram only makes the Steelers defensive unit that much more intimidating.
— NFL (@NFL) July 19, 2021
Ingram is 32 years old and will be competing in his 10th NFL season, and first with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Effective when he’s on the field, but Ingram has missed a combined 12 games in the duration of the past two seasons. Nearing the end of a long, successful career Ingram has one goal in mind: win a Super Bowl. Signing with the Steelers may just have been his best shot at capturing that goal of his.
Excited to embrace the Steelers culture, Ingram said “I met with Coach Tomlin. You can tell he’s very involved and a players’ coach. That’s what stood out to me. He wants to win, and that is what I am on. My role in my role. He just told me to come in and be me. Everyone knows how I play.”
Ingram was a first-round pick once upon a time back in 2012 as he entered the league with the Chargers. In his nine-year career in San Diego and Los Angeles, the three-time Pro Bowler possesses the fourth-most sacks in franchise history (49). Last season was the first time in Ingram’s career that he failed to record at least one sack. The Chargers opted not to re-sign him after his four-year, $64 million deal expired this past season.
Ingram will provide the Steelers organization with an immediate boost. Hungry for success, Ingram is the perfect fit for Tomlin’s defensive game plan in Pittsburgh. Will he be enough of a strength to push the Steelers beyond all expectations coming into the 2021-22 NFL season?