Free Agency Chiefs: Dolphins signature defensive end Melvin Ingram, per report

According to NFL reporter Jordan SchultzThe Miami Dolphin Have agreed terms with the former Kansas City Chiefs Defensive end Melvin Ingram.

The terms of Ingram’s deal with Miami are not yet known.

Ingram, 33 years old, was Traded to the chiefs from Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick before the 2021 mid-season trade deadline.

After spending nine seasons (and making three Pro Bowls) with Los Angeles ChargersIngram signed a file A one-year contract with the Steelers, worth $4 million It paid him the NFL minimum salary ($1.1 million) plus a signing bonus of $2.9 million spread over 2021 and four void years from 2022 through 2025.

Unhappy that he was seeing less playing time than he wanted in Pittsburgh, Ingram asked for a deal. Chiefs – who was it Follow Ingram before he signs with the Steelers – He was more than happy to drop the sixth-round pick and cash in on the remainder of his 2021 salary, which was just under $600,000.

So after playing in just six games for the Steelers, he ended up eating $1.1 million from Ingram’s contract as dead money in 2021 – plus an additional $2.3 million this season when the four years of emptiness escalated to their 2022 salary cap.

With nine regular season games in Kansas City, Ingram has collected 15 tackles (7 singles), a sack, a forced fumble, five quarterbacks and 11 pressings. But he immediately became a leader in defense – and after his arrival, the team took an 8-1 lead as the defense allowed only 16 points per match.

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Chiefs were widely expected to re-sign Ingram for 2022 – and the following Monday NFL Projectthat they Unrestricted Free Agent Contract Bidding Mode Rarely Used. This bid – which under Section 9(b) of the 2020 Collective Deal Agreement It had to be at least $1.8 million (110% of his $1.1 million base salary and $585,000 prorated signing bonus from 2021) – that would have allowed the Chiefs to sign him for the 2022 bid amount, unless Ingram was able to sign with another team before July 22 .

But now that Ingram has signed with the Dolphins, the Chiefs could earn an additional compensating draft in 2023 – something that wouldn’t have happened without Ingram’s UFA bidding.

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