Updated: Jul 20, 2021
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It was announced yesterday that the Steelers agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with veteran outside linebacker Melvin Ingram. He's the second former Charger to join the Steelers within the last month, as guard Trai Turner was signed in late June to replace David DeCastro, who was released due to a chronic ankle issue. The Steelers also signed running back Kalen Ballage in March, who was with the Chargers last season.
It will be a reunion game for both sides when the Steelers play the Chargers in Week 11 on Sunday Night Football at SoFi Stadium. In addition to Ingram, Turner and Ballage signing with the Steelers, new tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts also came from the Chargers organization, who was hired in January to replace longtime tight ends coach James Daniel, who retired. In
On the flip side, former Steelers offensive lineman Matt Feiler signed with the Chargers in free agency and former offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett was hired as the Chargers' assistant offensive line coach this offseason. Sarrett didn't have his contract renewed following the 2020 season, and it had a lot to do with the running game being abysmal, as they ranked dead last in the league in rushing yards per game.
Turner welcomed Ingram to the Steelers yesterday on Twitter by saying, "My slime!! Let’s go gang."
Ingram, 32, is a three-time Pro Bowler and has recorded 49 sacks in his nine seasons with the Chargers. However, he did deal with a knee injury last year and was limited to just seven games, and he didn’t record a sack and had just 10 tackles.
Turner spent just one season with the Chargers and it was a tough year for the five-time Pro Bowler, as he was plagued by a groin injury and the adjustments to a new team during the COVID-19 pandemic.