Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Melvin Ingram is officially a Charger
By Bill Williamson
The San Diego Chargers couldn’t believe Melvin Ingram fell to them in last month’s draft, and they didn’t waste much time in officially making him a member of the team.
As a testament to the new rookie NFL world, the Chargers have announced they have signed Ingram. The South Carolina pass-rusher was the No. 18 overall pick in the draft. He was expected to be a top-10 pick.
With Ingram signed, the Chargers now can rest easy, knowing their top pick will be at training camp on time. The team also announced the signings of second-round pick Kendall Reyes (it was previously reported Tuesday) and seventh-round pick, center David Molk.
All three players signed for four years. Ingram’s deal has a fifth-year team option, which is standard for first-round picks. Ingram is the second first-round pick to sign this year, joining the Seahawks’ Bruce Irvin.
Because of the new CBA and rookie pay structure, draft-pick signings have become much easier to negotiate than in the past. Thus, draft picks are signing quicker than in the past.