Las Vegas Raiders showed interest in Melvin Ingram per insider

Jan 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram (54) reacts after sacking Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (not pictured) during the third quarter ain a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Gus Bradley interviewed and quickly took over the Raiders vacant defensive coordinator position. After the Raiders signed one of the league’s best coordinators, the Raiders started bringing in his former players to help build his scheme for the Silver and Black. Yannick Ngakoue, Casey Hayward, and Roderic Teamer, among others. Considering the Raiders badly needed help on the defensive line, Melvin Ingram made perfect sense; it was just a matter of time until the Raiders brought in the three-time pro bowler.

However, nothing happened, and eventually, Melvin Ingram signed a 1-year $4M deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Raiders are definitely cap-strapped, but was there really no way they could make up $4M in cap space? Well, according to one Raiders insider, it looks like the Raiders were interested in Melvin Ingram early one, but he was not in good physical shape:

Melvin Ingram hurt his knee last year, and that likely played a role in his physical condition. Although he didn’t sign with the Silver and Black, the Raiders should be okay with the three-headed monster of Yannick Ngakoue, Clelin Ferrell, and Maxx Crosby.

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