In a recent article over at ESPN, NFL beat reporters took turns listing a potential trade candidate for each club that could be moved prior to the trade deadline on Nov. 3. For the Bolts, reporter Shelley Smith believes that person could be edge rusher Melvin Ingram.
Here’s what she had to say about the idea:
Historically, the Chargers have not made many in-season trades, and with several injuries this season, they don’t have many candidates. Ingram, who doesn’t have a sack in his two games, just came off injured reserve as well. It’s believed, however, that the Chargers are looking for protection for franchise quarterback Justin Herbert, so if they could trade the 31-year-old Ingram — who’s a free agent after the season — and add an offensive lineman, it could work out well for both sides.
The scenario sounds simple on paper, but I think the team’s lack of consistent pressure during these past few weeks without Ingram shows that he isn’t as expendable as previously thought. It’s also not that Uchenna Nwosu hasn’t been doing a good job in his place, but the defensive line lacks depth and it showed as the pass rush waned throughout the second half against the Bucs and Saints.
Also, I don’t think there’s a chance the Bolts get a difference-maker along the offensive line in return for Ingram. Yes, I’d love a new, shiny OL, but if a move is made, it better be the right guy, and I don’t think any team is going to part with an impactful player as they’re already so hard to come by.
Anyways, let me know below what you guys think of a potential trade or if you are totally against it.
And now for today’s links.
Check out photos from this week’s practice (Chargers.com)
Here’s the first injury report for both the Bolts from Wednesday (Chargers.com)
Who gets the blame for the Chargers’ 1-4 start? (LA Football Network)
NFL Nation picks potential trade candidates around the NFL (ESPN)
ESPN Staff are tracking all deals and moves being made prior to the trade deadline (ESPN)
Ryan Fitzpatrick was real sad on Wednesday after getting benched (Bleacher Report)
NFL Teams are going for two at a higher rate than ever before (Pro Football Talk)