Chargers’ Melvin Ingram unhappy with contract, sits out practice
Melvin Ingram is having contract problems. The Los Angeles Chargers veteran was present in Monday’s practice but opted to sit out and not participate due to contract conflicts his team and the Chargers front office are still ironing out. Ingram had seven sacks last season which was his fifth consecutive season he’s been able to reach this total.
Earlier last week, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn clarified that Ingram was going through the motions for the squad and that it was “company business” that was keeping the eight-year veteran from practicing. Though it was also reported that Ingram did not participate in any of the team’s workouts that day.
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn today on status pass rusher Melvin Ingram: "He’s in meetings, walk throughs, individual. What he does on the practice field we will see later. This is company business." Ingram was with the team but did not practice Friday either.
— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) August 17, 2020
“I’m just gonna leave it at that because I don’t have to talk about it right now, you know what I mean?” he said (per the LA Times). “Gotta lot of other things I gotta get done, and I don’t really want to spend a lot of time talking about that.”
The 31-year old is in the final season of his four-year, $64 million deal which he signed in 2017. He continues to be in the active roster for the Chargers and is fit to suit up for his ninth season. Ingram’s physical presence in their training camp makes us believe that he’s staging some sort of “in-house holdout” to avoid any fines or penalties. Indeed, the three-time Pro Bowler might be sending a message to the Chargers front office with this move.
Earlier in July, fellow defensive line teammate Joey Bosa signed a record-breaking $135 million, five-year extension for the Chargers which makes him the highest-paid defensive player in the league.