Melvin Ingram wants out of Pittsburgh due to a lack of playing time, but the Steelers don’t want to trade him to an AFC team.
Ingram hasn’t fit well into the Steelers linebacker rotation, meaning something’s gotta give. He signed with Pittsburgh in the hopes of being a veteran presence in their 3-4 defense, but instead has been stuck on the bench.
So, where could Ingram wind up? According to one NFL insider, the Chiefs already made an offer. The following is from ESPN’s Aditi Kinkhabwala:
“As @RapSheet reported this weekend, OLB Melvin Ingram does indeed want out of Pittsburgh after seeing a reduction in his playing time. I’m told KC made an offer, but the #Steelers ideally don’t want to send him to an AFC team. Could the #Cardinals make a good trade partner?”
Chiefs rumors: Melvin Ingram trade in the works?
The Chiefs had Ingram in for a visit as recently as this offseason, but the Steelers swept in and stole him from right under them. With the Steelers obvious need for linebacker depth at the time — especially due to the injury to Devin Bush and losing Bud Dupree this offseason — Ingram seemed to make sense.
Well, not so fast.
Now, Ingram wants out, and the Chiefs defense has been downright disastrous this season. If Brett Veach ups the ante enough for Pittsburgh to trade him in-conference, he could be a nice upgrade, even if a former division rival.
As for the Steelers, they’d rather deal him to the NFC and never see him again.