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Why 2017 is make or break for these offensive players - Bryson Vesnaver
If Gordon can have a breakout third season for the Chargers, like he did in his sophomore year, there shouldn’t be much doubt about picking up his fifth-year option. Gordon had a solid rookie season, rushing for 641 yards on 184 carries and forcing 34 missed tackles. But he also fumbled six times and finished with an overall grade of just 59.4, which ranked 46th out of 51 running backs who played at least 300 snaps.

Chargers, Melvin Ingram agree on 4-year extension - Brett Whitefield
Ingram broke out as a player in 2015, grading in the top-20 among edge defenders for the first time in his career. His 84.2 overall grade ranked 18th. Ingram was very productive as a pass-rusher that year producing the 11th-most pressures among 3-4 OLBs (56).

Russell Okung emerging as leader on Chargers' O-line - Eric Williams
“It’s been awesome,” Chargers center Spencer Pulley said. “He’s an unbelievable pro. Every day he comes in to work. It’s awesome to see him work because he’s obviously been very successful. And he’s just a very good player, so it’s cool to see that every day and have him on the offensive line."

Chargers, DE Melvin Ingram agree on 4-year, $66M deal - Eric Williams
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Ingram's deal is worth $66 million and includes $42 million guaranteed, per a team source. The Chargers put the franchise tag on Ingram in February and maintained that the goal was to sign the South Carolina product to a long-term deal. The Chargers had until July 15 to reach agreement on a multiyear deal.

Chargers Agree to Four-Year Deal with Melvin Ingram - Ricky Henne
Ingram transformed his body the following offseason, coinciding with a breakout 2015 campaign. He became the first Charger to record double-digit sacks (10.5) since Antwan Barnes in 2011, and set career-highs in tackles (76), tackles for loss (19) and forced fumbles (four).

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