Edge rusher Melvin Ingram visiting Steelers after seeing Chiefs, Dolphins

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The former Chargers defensive end visited the Chiefs in late March.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that free-agent edge rusher Melvin Ingram — who has previously visited the Kansas City Chiefs — is now visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The #Steelers are hosting veteran FA pass-rusher Melvin Ingram today, source said, as they look to fill a need before camp. Ingram also has had interest from the #Chiefs and #Dolphins.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 19, 2021

The three-time Pro Bowler— who spent nine seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers — played only seven games in 2020 after suffering a knee injury last September.

Ingram visited the Chiefs in late March. At the time, there were no negative reports about his Kansas City visit, but he left town without a deal. As Rapoport noted, Ingram has also had interest from the Miami Dolphins — a team he visited in late May.

It is unknown whether the Chiefs and Dolphins were simply unable to come to terms with Ingram, thought they could make a more favorable deal later — or had concerns about the condition of the 32-year-old Ingram’s knee.

We currently estimate that Kansas City has $8.4 million in cap space for 2021. However, it should be noted that if the team can sign safety Tyrann Mathieu to an extension, his new deal would likely lower his 2021 cap hit by $5-10 million, giving the Chiefs additional space that they could use to sign Ingram.

That is… if the Steelers don’t sign him first.

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