Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, sends a strong message in the heels of Melvin Ingram’s trade.

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Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, sends a strong message in the heels of Melvin Ingram’s trade.

Melvin Ingram’s request to be traded was eventually granted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers traded Ingram to the Kansas City Chiefs for a sixth-round draft pick on November 2, ending his brief tenure with the team. After a successful nine-year career with the Los Angeles Chargers, which included three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances, Ingram signed a one-year agreement with Pittsburgh (2017-2019).

Ingram’s time in Pittsburgh came to an end with the following numbers: six games, ten tackles, and one sack.

While head coach Mike Tomlin was courteous in his remarks about Ingram’s trade, he did make a subtle shot at his former player as he exited.

“It’s better to have volunteers than captives,” Tomlin said after thanking Melvin Ingram and discussing the perils of free agency.

November 2, 2021 — Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano)

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It was evident from the start that Ingram would not be able to reclaim his dominant pass-rushing form in Pittsburgh. As a result, trade offers for the 32-year-old outside linebacker began to pour in.

According to NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala, the Steelers initially turned down the Chiefs’ trade offer for Ingram on Thursday, Oct. 28.

“As RapSheet revealed last weekend, OLB Melvin Ingram has expressed his desire to leave Pittsburgh after seeing his playing time reduced,” Kinkhabwala stated. “I’m told Kansas City has made an offer, but the Steelers would rather not send him to an AFC team.” Is it possible that the Cardinals would be a decent trade partner?”

However, a trade market for the veteran pass-rusher never materialized.

Despite the fact that both sides were unhappy with Ingram’s tenure, Tomlin was appreciative of his time teaching his former outside linebacker.

“It’s a pleasure to work with Melvin,” Tomlin remarked. “It just didn’t work out the way we wanted it to, or the way he wanted it to.” And it happens occasionally in free agency, which is why, culturally, we develop our teams mostly through the draft.”

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