The Kansas City Chiefs have offered defensive end Melvin Ingram an unrestricted free-agent tender, and according to Chiefs general manager Brett Veach, the move has one significant benefit as the team continues to pursue him for next season.

Ingram, who joined the Chiefs following a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers, solidified that position a season ago. In nine regular-season games for KC, he had 15 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble, while ranking 13th for the season among all edge rushers based on Pro Football Focus’ grading system.

The unrestricted free-agent (UFA) tender makes it so that if Ingram signs with another team before July 22 or the start of training camp, the Chiefs would be in line for a compensatory draft pick. If he fails to sign before that date, KC would have exclusive rights to him at 10% higher than his 2021 salary, which would be $4.4 million.