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Silver Minings: A case for Melvin Ingram in free agency

The Los Angeles Chargers pass rusher is a likely Raiders’ target

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CBS Sports published a post Wednesday morning detailing eight sneaky-good free agents, which the Las Vegas Raiders may wish had been kept on the down-low.

The first name on the list is Los Angeles Chargers’ pass rusher Melvin Ingram. It makes sense that Ingram is a target of the Raiders when free agency starts in two weeks.

Not only is he an accomplished pass rusher and would help fill Las Vegas’ biggest need, but Ingram played the past four seasons under new Raiders’ defensive coordinator Gus Bradley with the Chargers so there will likely be mutual interest.

Ingram was injured for much of the 2020 season and he turns 32 next month, but the article makes the case that he can bounce back and give a new team an improved pass rush burst. It will be interesting to see if the Raiders have much competition if they indeed do pursue Ingram.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • Raiders’ primer: The Athletic has a free-agency preview.
  • Another day, another teammate backs Carr: One day after fullback Alec Ingold supported Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr, tight end Darren Waller did the same.
  • Not a great memory: The Raiders traded for Randy Moss 16 years ago this week. It didn’t work out, to put it mildly.