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LA Chargers place franchise tag on LB Melvin Ingram

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Chargers have placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on outside linebacker Melvin Ingram.

The team announced its decision Monday night to franchise Ingram, the pass-rushing dynamo with 18+ sacks over the past two seasons.

Ingram also excels as an edge rusher for the Chargers. He had eight sacks last season, and he has 24+ in his five-year career.

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The South Carolina product has spent his entire career with the Chargers, who drafted him in the first round in 2012.

Ingram is free to negotiate with other teams under the terms of the non-exclusive tag, but the Chargers have the right to match any offer. If they decide not to match it, they would get two first-round draft picks from the team signing Ingram.

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