Chargers’ window to use franchise tag on Melvin Ingram opens Wednesday

The window for NFL teams to apply the franchise tag on players set to hit free agency begins on Wednesday and closes at 3 p.m. ET March 1.

For the Los Angeles Chargers, it provides an opportunity for general manager Tom Telesco to figure out what to do about pending free agent Melvin Ingram.

Ingram, a former South Carolina star, will be one of the top free agents in March if allowed to hit the market. With 18.5 sacks in the last two seasons, Ingram is tied for 12th in the NFL in that time period.

Paired with second-year pro Joey Bosa, the Chargers have one of the best pass-rusher tandems in the NFL.

Ingram turns 28 years old in April, and the Chargers have to figure out if he’s a good fit in new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s scheme, along with determining if he’s worth the long-term financial investment.

The Chargers face a difficult decision on whether they can afford to keep pass-rusher Melvin Ingram.

Olivier Vernon set the bar for pass-rushers by signing a five-year, $85 million contract that included $52.5 million in guaranteed money with the New York Giants in free agency last year.

The Vikings have used their franchise tag just twice in their 25-year history, and it’s difficult to see them using it this year, when their players about to hit unrestricted free agency probably aren’t going to command anything near the franchise-tag figure at their positions. They could take a long look at re-signing players such as cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, bu

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