Chargers sign Ingram to four-year deal

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[June 12, 2017]    The Sports Xchange

The Los Angeles Chargers agreed to terms with defensive star Melvin Ingram on a four-year, $66 million contract on Sunday.


The deal reportedly includes $42 million in guaranteed money.

The Chargers announced the agreement after spending the past four months at odds with the pass rusher. The club had put the franchise tag on Ingram in February and had until July 15 to reach an agreement on a multiyear deal.

The 28-year-old Ingram has recorded 18.5 sacks over the past two seasons. He posted eight last season when the franchise played its final season in San Diego after having a career-best 10.5 in 2015.

Ingram spent most of his first five seasons as an outside linebacker but will be primarily a defensive end this season. New defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is changing the team's base alignment from a 3-4 to a 4-3 scheme.

Ingram has 224 tackles and 24.5 sacks in 61 career regular-season games since the being the 18th overall selection of the 2012 NFL draft. He suffered injury setbacks early in his career, tearing an ACL prior to the 2013 campaign and suffering a hip injury early in the 2014 season.

Ingram is expected to join the club for minicamp, which begins Tuesday at Chargers Park in San Diego. He previously threatened to skip minicamp and training camp -- the latter will be held in Orange County -- if he didn't secure a long-term deal.


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