1. Melvin Ingram, Steelers
Although Melvin Ingram only has one sack this year as a rotational piece in Pittsburgh’s 3-4 defense, he could be a valuable pick-up for the sack-needy Saints.
On the season, New Orleans’ defense has only generated 13 sacks through six games. Who Dat Nation has been begging for the d-line to jolt awake and make some noise in the backfield and while the pass-rush did show up on Monday night against Seattle with five sacks, there is still more to be desired.
As reported by NFL’s Ian Rappaport, Ingram recently requested a trade from the Steelers.
Prior to signing a one-year deal there this past free agency, Ingram spent his previous nine seasons with the Chargers in which he played his last four there in a 4-3 defense. Of which, except for an injury-riddled and unproductive 2020, he was extremely successful. He picked up 24.5 sacks in three years before 2020, each leading to Pro Bowl Appearances.
While he may be a bit removed from that 2017-2019 type of production, the Saints could use some semblance of that right away.
The trade deadline will be at Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. ET. If the Saints hope to be playoff contenders, they’ll benefit from pulling the plug on at least one of these trades.