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Chargers Exercise OLB Melvin Ingram’s Fifth-Year Option

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Chargers have exercised OLB Melvin Ingram‘s fifth-year option for the 2016 season.

Ingram becomes the first player from the 2012 draft class to have his fifth-year option exercised.

San Diego will pay Ingram an average of the third through 25th highest paid outside linebackers last year.

It’s worth mentioning that this option is guaranteed for injury only and won’t prevent the Chargers from working out a long-term extension in the next year.

Ingram, 25, was taken No. 18 overall during the 2012 NFL draft. He has one year remaining on his four-year, $8.39 million rookie contract that included 7.61 million guaranteed.

The Chargers will pay Ingram a reasonable base salary of $785,214 for the 2015 season.

In 2014, Ingram appeared in nine games and recorded 29 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass defenses.