After playing outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Melvin Ingram III was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month on Thursday as the NFL revealed its Player of the Month awards for September. Ingram is currently a member of the undefeated Miami Dolphins, but he could still be in Pittsburgh if last year’s events had been different.
That’s why people like Mark Madden from Pittsburgh’s 105.9 the X are unhappy that Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin let Ingram getaway. Tomlin has ruined this. It’s bad,” Madden admitted.
Why Melvin Ingram Forced a Trade from The Steelers
Remember that in July of 2021, the Steelers signed Ingram to a one-year contract with the hope that the three-time Pro Bowler would serve as a valuable backup to starters T.J. Watt and Vince Wilfork at outside linebacker.
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Watt, and Alexander Highsmith. The 10-year veteran, however, quickly became persuaded that he was “better” than Highsmith and advocated for the Steelers to move him. After trading Ingram to the Kansas City Chiefs for a sixth-round pick in 2022, the Steelers were left with Derrek Tuszka and former Cowboys first-round choice, Taco Charlton, as their only healthy backup running backs.
To which Tomlin later stated, “Melvin no longer wanted to be here,” explaining why the Steelers dealt Ingram. And we’d much rather have volunteers than hostages.” Madden’s main point is that Tomlin needlessly antagonized Ingram by placing him on the bench.
With Highsmith, a third-round pick in 2020 who is under contract through the 2023 season, the team could have safely labeled him the “starting” at right outside linebacker.
You could have kept Highsmith if you had played Ingram. (T.J.) Watt is easily broken. You need three starters, Madden says. Sure, having both Highsmith and Ingram is a luxury, and the Steelers could have afforded to keep Ingram for another year.
It should be recalled that Ingram made the choice not to play for Kansas City this season. Instead, he signed a $5 million one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, where he immediately made an impact.
“Melvin Ingram, a free agency signing, deserves a lot of the credit for the Dolphins’ strong defensive performance. Grant Gordon, a digital content editor, points out that Ingram has recorded two sacks, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble, pass defenses, and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown.