For better or worse, the Steelers traded Melvin Ingram for the Kansas City Chiefs instead of finding him a more consistent role in defence.
Tomlin continues to claim steelworkers want volunteers, not hostages. While that may be true, what if defensive volunteers can’t deal, while Ingram can?
Pittsburgh’s defense has struggled in recent weeks, partly due to injuries and the COVID-19 outbreak, and partly due to systemic errors from defensive coordinator Keith Butler. Will Steelers’ defense be better with Ingram?
“We don’t consider their circumstances, no. We have considered our circumstances,” Tomlin said. “It’s not just the tangibles about our situation, but the intangible qualities that make up the team. Like I mentioned when we moved him, we had the opportunity to get value for him. And that’s exciting and exciting for us. But let’s be honest with you and frankly, Melvin doesn’t want to be here anymore. And for us, we prefer volunteers to hostages.”
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The Steelers only have one pick in the sixth round in exchange for Ingram, so there’s always some risk that he’ll make Pittsburgh look silly in doing so. Ingram wants more playtime than Alex Highsmith as opposed to TJ Watt. The Steelers liked what they had in Highsmith – in fact, they still do – but Ingram wasn’t content with being a work of depth.
So he was forced to leave Pittsburgh to meet with the Chiefs, an urgent team that recruited him as an instant starter. In his three starts with Kansas City, Ingram has a total of 10 tackles, 3 QBs, one loss handling and 1.0 shot.
Tomlin remains confident in Kevin Colbert’s decision, even if that trade could come back to bite the Steelers as soon as this week.
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