Like usual, I’m going to write up my notes and other thoughts from last Friday’s call with Anthony Lynn for today, but there’s one aspect that came up that I want to touch on prior because it may turn into something larger here soon.
Melvin Ingram was on the sidelines in sweats on Friday and it apparently wasn’t due to an injury or some other setback. When asked about it, head coach Anthony Lynn mentioned that Ingram is fine. When pressed about a potential injury, Lynn hesitated, carefully thinking about his next words before simply stating that it’s “company business.”
Company business? Nine times out of 10 that usually means it has something to do with money. Going into the final year of his contract, Ingram is set to make $14 million in base salary while also being the largest cap hit on the team this year. He’s underwhelmed the last two seasons, registering just 7.5 sacks in each campaign, which isn’t nearly what you expect from an elite pass-rusher in his prime.
There’s been a ton of speculation about Ingram not returning in 2021 due to a lack of production combined with an expectation that he’ll be demanding too much money in an offseason where plenty of other impact players need to be re-signed.
So, I simply want to ask: What do you all think is about to happen regarding Ingram? Is this a blip on the radar? Is it more than that? Will he be right back at practice this week like nothing happened? I’m curious to see what you all think.
Now for today’s links.
Jason Reed looks back at offseason moves that don’t make sense in hindsight (Bolt Beat)
Coach Milus is joined by Chris Harris Jr. in the film room (Chargers.com)
Check out the best pictures from the Chargers’ Acclimation Period (Chargers.com)
Gavino Borquez highlights Melvin Ingram not participating in practice this past Friday (Chargers Wire)
Josh Weinfuss details how QB Kyler Murray added mass but stayed fast this offseason (ESPN)
Football Outsiders lists the best and worst quarterbacks at being accurate, aggressive and valuable (ESPN)
Jason La Canfora discusses seven QB competitions to monitor in training camp (CBS Sports)
Ryan Wilson talks the 2021 draft prospects affected the most by no 2020 CFB season (CBS Sports)
Maurice Moton predicts this year’s breakout fantasy stars at the running back position (Bleacher Report)