The 18th overall pick of the 2012 draft had spent his entire career with the Chargers, earning three straight Pro Bowl nods between 2017 and 2019. Ingram collected at least seven sacks per season between 2015 and 2019, and his 49 career sacks ranks fourth on the team’s all-time leaderboard.
However, after missing three regular-season games in 2019, Ingram missed nine contests in 2020 thanks to a nagging knee injury. He started the seven games he did appear in, but he didn’t show his normal burst, finishing with only 10 tackles and zero sacks. He ultimately appeared in only 35 percent of his team’s defensive snaps, his lowest percentage since an injury-riddled 2013 campaign.
The Chiefs make sense as a landing spot for the 31-year-old. The team is currently eyeing a depleted depth chart with defensive ends Alex Okafor and Tanoh Kpassagnon sitting on the open market
The question marks still surround the tackle position. The Chiefs are high on Niang and he should take over at right tackle. Niang had quality college tape and was a good value in the third round of last year’s draft. There may be some growing pains, especially because he has had no football activities for a year, but he should be serviceable enough in his first year as a starter. Left tackle is where the main concern is at this point. The Chiefs don’t pick until 31 and the top-tier tackles should be off the board by then. This means that they either will need to trade up or settle for a lesser player. A few options who may be able to step in and contribute at the back end of the first round are Liam Eichenberg, Jackson Carman and Alex Leatherwood. That should be the direction they go if they stay put at 31. All three have multiple years of experience at left tackle at the highest level of college football. It would be a great decision if they were to move up to draft Christian Darrisaw from Virginia Tech. It is tough to argue against any of these, but the draft is always a little chaotic so it isn’t great to go into it with that glaring of a need.
Kansas City Chiefs 2021 Free Agency Grade
Kansas City’s offseason grades gets dinged slightly for gambling on Kyle Long. Giving him a one-year deal for $5 million isn’t crazy, but there have to be concerns about him coming off a year away from football. At the very least, the Chiefs shouldn’t hand him a starting role without serious competition in training camp.
Any Chiefs fans who was sent into a panic after seeing Fisher and Schwartz get cut should feel a lot better about the state of the roster now. Kansas City has done a solid job of utilizing the limited resources at their disposal in free agency. Give the Chiefs a B-for their work to date.
Per the current list of inductees, the Selection Committee prioritizes both accomplished players and those who’ve made an impact on the game. Bleacher Report attempts to encapsulate four elements to judge potential Hall of Famers: “peak, longevity, impact by position, and total value.”
By those standards, quite a few current players have a shot at making it in. This includes Jets running back Frank Gore, third in both carriers and career rushing yards. Although he hasn’t earned a Super Bowl or first-team All-Pro yet, his stat sheet is full of highlights. Future contender Earl Thomas has four Pro Bowls and three first-team All-Pros. The safety’s only downside: Injuries have hampered his career.
Another likely contender is Geno Atkins with eight Pro bowls and two first-team All-Pros. Chief players Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce may also enter the HOF. Wide receiver Hill has made four Pro Bowls and first-team All-Pro twice. Kelce has had four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and a tight-end.
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SIX OVERRATED DEALS
Kenyan Drake, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
The deal: Two years, $14.5 million max value ($11 million guaranteed)
It’s no secret that PFF values running backs differently than NFL teams and even the general football fan. It’s one of the most overvalued positions on the field, yet the Raiders are paying Drake a hefty per-year figure, and he isn’t even going to be the featured back in their offense.
Las Vegas was reportedly attracted to Drake’s ability to produce in the passing game. While he certainly has gotten the opportunity to make plays as a pass-catcher throughout his five-year career with the Dolphins and Cardinals, his grades don’t match the hype. Drake ranks 51st among 57 qualifying running backs in receiving grade since he entered the NFL in 2016, a major factor in him owning a single-season career-best WAR ranking of 24th (2018) at the position.
After a free agent visit that began Thursday night and went through most of Friday, then contract negotiations that lasted into Saturday, the Giants and Golladay have decided they are a match.
The Giants entered the offseason knowing they needed to upgrade their wide receiving corps after their offense finished 31st in the NFL last season.
“Every team needs playmakers, let’s be honest,” Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said recently during a pre-free agency videoconference. “Good Lord willing, Saquon [Barkley] will be 100 percent and obviously he’ll make a huge difference. A healthy Saquon obviously makes a big difference, but, again, you’re always looking to add good players.”
Denver moved quickly to add Fuller to their defense after he was released by the Chicago Bears, where Fangio had been defensive coordinator for four years before he was hired as head coach for the Broncos in 2019. Fuller agreed to a one-year, $9.5 million deal, with $9 million guaranteed, sources said.
Fuller was entering the final year of a four-year, $56 million contract he signed with the team in 2018 and was set to count $20 million against the Bears’ cap. His release freed up $14 million in salary-cap space
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Clowney is coming off a disastrous year. After losing out on some high-dollar prove-it deals, he settled for millions less — and then put together a dud of a season. His pass-rushing productivity was down significantly — but in that regard, Clowney is a bounce-back candidate. He’s a quality run defender who fits Spagnuolo’s profile for defensive end. He would make a lot of sense for the Chiefs.
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