Outside linebacker Melvin Ingram would like a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Ingram, 32, has played in all six games for the Steelers this season and made one start after joining the team in the offseason on a one-year contract.
But his playing time has steadily decreased with fellow outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith returning to full health as of late. Ingram played 100% of the team’s defensive snaps in his start against Cincinnati on Sept. 26, but has seen that number fall to 49%, 60% and 26% in the ensuing three weeks.
The Steelers have used Ingram in a Dime package that puts three outside linebackers on the field along with defensive tackle Cam Heyward. Ingram has one sack and six quarterback hits in six games. Pro Football Focus has graded his pass rush snaps 82.1, the third-highest on the team.
The Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly shown interest in Ingram, but according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network, the Steelers would prefer not to trade Ingram to another AFC team. The Steelers are scheduled to play the Chiefs on Nov. 26.
Trading Ingram would give the Steelers a prorated $585,000 dead cap hit, and save them the prorated portion of $1.075 million. The NFL trade deadline is Nov. 2.