The Chargers have placed the nonexclusive franchise tag on their top free agent, edge-rushing linebacker Melvin Ingram, the club announced Monday.
Ingram, provided he signs the tender, will make north of $15 million next year — money that’ll be fully guaranteed. He and the Chargers can work on a long-term deal until July 15.
Ingram, the team’s first-round pick in 2012, developed into one of the NFL’s top pass-rushers, picking up 18.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles over the last two seasons.
Ingram, 27, is expected to move to defensive end this season opposite defensive rookie of the year Joey Bosa with the team shifting from a 3-4 defensive scheme to a 4-3, though the...