LA Chargers pass rusher Melvin Ingram agrees to 4-year deal

However, those concerns and any speculation that Ingram could hold out of training camp were put to rest following Sunday's news.

Los Angeles applied the non-exclusive franchise tag to Ingram in February, but kept working on a long-term deal. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the deal is worth $66 million with $42 million in guaranteed money.

Earlier in the offseason, former SC star Stephon Gilmore received a huge contract from the New England Patriots. If he didn't sign, Ingram would have played under a one-year deal that would have made him a free agent in 2018. He appeared in all 16 games as a rookie, but suffered a torn ACL prior to the start of 2013, which placed him on the sidelines for all but four games during the year.

Ingram has 224 tackles and 24.5 sacks in 61 career regular-season games since the being the 18th overall selection of the 2012 National Football League draft. Throughout his five-year career, he's tallied 197 total tackles, 24.5 sacks and 12 forced fumbles.

The 28-year-old pass rusher is expected to transition to defensive end in newly appointed defensive coordinator Gus Bradley's 4-3 base defense.

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