The Los Angeles Chargers already dealt with a contract dispute with Melvin Gordon last year, and now they may have another one on their hands with Melvin Ingram.
Daniel Popper of The Athletic reported Monday that the Chargers defensive end, who has been absent from team practice, is unhappy with his contract situation. Popper adds that it is unknown when Ingram might return to the practice field and that he could be seeking a number of possible outcomes, including trying to secure a new deal from the Chargers or attempting to get a signing bonus as an advance on his 2020 base salary.
The 31-year-old Ingram, a Pro Bowler the last three straight seasons, is in the final year of his deal with the Chargers. He is currently set to make $14 million in base salary for the coming season, none of which is guaranteed. His teammate on the defensive line, Joey Bosa, just got a record deal from the Chargers, which likely factors into his frustration.
Ingram’s absence from practice had been causing a bit of a stir, and now we know that some discontent with his financial situation is behind it.
The Los Angeles Chargers remain tight-lipped regarding Melvin Ingram’s absence from practice.
Coach Anthony Lynn said Ingram has been involved in meetings and walkthroughs, but declined to elaborate on whether the star pass rusher would practice, calling it “company business.”
Ingram did not practice Friday either, and this, combined with Lynn’s comments, has led to speculation that the defensive lineman is staging a sort of “in-house holdout.”
The usual holdouts aren’t going to happen this year, as the new opt-out rules are designed to prevent and reduce traditional training camp absences. Ingram may be sending a message while suggesting that he won’t actually miss any games.
Ingram is due to make a $14 million base salary in 2020, which is the final season of the four-year, $64 million deal he signed in 2017. He collected seven sacks in 2019, the fifth consecutive season he reached that tally.
Melvin Ingram is not about to look on the bright side when reflecting upon the Los Angeles Chargers’ season.
Ingram’s Chargers saw their season end at the hands of a blowout 41-28 loss at New England on Sunday. Though the Chargers went 12-4 and won a playoff game, Ingram wasn’t in the mood to hear about those accomplishments following the defeat.
ESPN’s Eric Williams quoted Ingram saying the team hadn’t accomplished anything because they did not win the Super Bowl.
Fans have to love Ingram’s attitude. It’s Super Bowl-or-bust for him. That’s the mentality of true winners.
And even if Ingram isn’t willing to give himself and his team credit, we will. The Chargers were one of the best teams in the league and had a fantastic season. If not for the NFL’s quirky playoff structure that prioritizes winning divisions over best record, they wouldn’t have had to play at New England or Baltimore in the postseason. They did a lot well this season and have a lot to look forward to next season even if they fell short of their ultimate goal.
It was a weekend for upsets in the NFL during Wild Card weekend, with three division champions losing — including both higher seeds losing in the AFC in rather uncompetitive fashion. It sets up an intriguing slate of games for next weekend, but before we get there, we have to remember the action of this weekend.
Many players did themselves justice when it mattered most and can hold their heads high, both in victory and defeat. Here are 10 standouts from Wild Card weekend.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys
When Elliott is on, the Cowboys can give him the ball, ride him, and win games that way. That’s roughly what they did on Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks. He was handed the ball 26 times on Saturday, and he took that for 137 yards and a touchdown as the Seattle defense didn’t seem to have much of an answer for him. Tack on a modest 32 receiving yards and you have well over 150 yards of total offense and one of the most dangerous weapons in the game.
There can only be one NFL MVP, but each team can claim their own most valuable player, no matter how good or bad the franchise’s season goes. Sometimes the team’s MVP is an elite defender, a star quarterback, or a remarkable playmaker, or even a special teams player, if the rest of the team is struggling a lot.
Here’s a look at each NFL team’s MVP so far in 2017.
Arizona Cardinals — Chandler Jones, LB
The former New England Patriot is once again proving to be the defensive rock for the Cardinals, setting records along the way. He has picked up eight sacks in just seven games thus far in 2017, and is proving to be a nightmarish foe for opposing blockers and quarterbacks. The gaudy numbers are great, but Jones has also been valuable in other ways. He’s good against the run and has put plenty of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, even when he doesn’t get the sack.
Atlanta Falcons — Devonta Freeman, RB
In what has been a disappointing year for the Atlanta offense, Freeman has continued to stand out and produce no matter what is happening around him. His 2017 thus far has been every bit as solid as his 2016 was. Freeman is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and has piled up five rushing touchdowns in six games. As Matt Ryan and his fellow offensive players have failed to hit the heights that they did in 2016, Freeman has simply been steady and reliable.
Through the first six weeks of the NFL season, several popular names still lead the fray when it comes to defensive production. However, key injuries to superstars like J.J. Watt have created a void that has been filled by some surprising players, many of whom are having career years.
Here’s a look at each NFL team’s best defensive player so far in 2017.
Arizona Cardinals — Tyvon Branch, S
There are a lot of talented defenders on Arizona’s roster, but through six weeks, it’s hard to argue that Tyvon Branch — who has been called a “wolverine” complement to the “honey badger” — isn’t the very best. He not only leads the team and is tied for the league lead with 55 tackles, but he’s also defended four passes, forced a fumble and was named to the Pro Football Focus First Quarter All-Pro Team. Branch getting the nod says a lot about his impact this season when you consider Arizona also has Chandler Jones and his six sacks.
Atlanta Falcons — Deion Jones, LB
Deion Jones has filled out the box score this year, leading the Falcons with 38 tackles. He’s also recorded a sack, three passes defended and an interception. Jones is also among Pro Football Focus’ top 15 graded linebackers this season, alongside teammate De’Vondre Campbell, who has also landed very high grades for Atlanta. Jones is blossoming well for Atlanta in his second NFL season.
It was a big day for star performers across the NFL, with several quarterbacks and wide receivers in particular putting up very big days. We also witnessed a rookie nailing a game-winning 61-yard field goal and a few big defensive performances, even in losing efforts.
Here’s a list of 15 standout performers in Week 3 of the NFL season.
Atlanta’s running backs
In a contest where quarterback Matt Ryan threw three interceptions in one game for the first time in two years, it was the Atlanta running game that stepped up and drove the offense forward. The Falcons picked up 151 rushing yards as a team, with Devonta Freeman contributing 106 of them, plus a touchdown. Tevin Coleman was no slouch either, racking up 46 yards on just six carries, good for an average of 7.7 yards per carry. Their contributions opened up the passing game and allowed Ryan to get the job done despite his three picks.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants
OBJ is back, and so is the drama — but when he’s playing like this, the Giants will be happy to tolerate it. The Giants’ star receiver reeled in nine catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns, including an excellent one-handed grab in the back corner of the end zone for his second touchdown catch. He also had a rather controversial celebration on his first grab. He deservedly got flagged, but New York will deal with the consequences if he’s putting up stat lines like this one.
The Los Angeles Chargers will have one of the better pass-rushing combos in the league this season. Melvin Ingram knows all about it, and he actually thinks he’s part of a duo that’s the best in the NFL.
Ingram said Monday that he believes he and Joey Bosa are the “best duo” in the league, according to NFL Media’s Gregg Rosenthal.
Ingram was a first-round pick by the Chargers in 2012 and has overcome injuries to live up to expectations. He had 10.5 sacks two seasons ago and eight last year. Bosa joined the Chargers late after holding out his rookie year, but he still managed 10.5 sacks last season.
The Rams, Giants, and Raiders are all teams that come to mind with some pretty awesome defensive line fronts. And depending on what qualifies as a “duo,” J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney also form a pretty unstoppable tandem. But there is little doubt that Ingram and Bosa will be wreaking havoc this season as long as both stay healthy.
A pair of Chargers players faced significant backlash for their call to San Diego fans.
Friday night, Melvin Ingram and Keenan Allen both tweeted to fans telling them to show up to games since the team is staying. While well-intentioned, it’s easy to argue that they came off as standoffish. Here’s just a small sampling of fans who felt the same way:
Perhaps these messages were meant to rally the fanbase, but they both come off rather standoffish. The fans noticed, and were very loud and clear in their response: we were there all along, how about you win some games?
So, uh, in short, whoops. Bad idea, guys. This is just a small sampling of the responses that were lobbed their way. Both were quick to clarify their remarks upon seeing the torrent of angry tweets.
The fact of the matter is the Chargers could sell out every game and make the playoffs, but none of it would matter if the team can’t get the deal it wants to build a new stadium in light of the agreement with the Rams.
One of the most notable aspects of the NFL draft is the tight embraces commissioner Roger Goodell shares with the players upon their selection. As LBS writer Sawley Vickrey said, there’s a lot of irony to that moment. “Best part of the draft experience is hugging Roger Goodell, the guy you’ll soon be calling an a**hole.” Precisely. That’s why not only is it weird to see Goodell and the players share massive man hugs, but it was even weirder to see him bust out a secret handshake with one of them.
Yup, Goodell and former South Carolina defensive lineman Melvin Ingram did some serious handslapping after Ingram was selected by the Chargers 18th overall.
Does it get any weirder than that?
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