3 Chargers free agents who left that fans will miss and 2 that they won't
By Jason Reed
Won't miss: Storm Norton
This goes without saying. Chargers fans won't just not miss Storm Norton in 2023 but they are actively happy that he has found a new team away from Los Angeles. Hopefully for Norton, this can improve his game as he will need it to stay in the NFL.
Once an XFL standout, it looked like the Chargers could have potentially struck gold with a swing tackle when they signed Norton. That potential came crashing down during the 2021 season when Norton had to start at right tackle in place of the injured Bryan Bulaga.
Norton was the worst tackle in the sport that season, allowing the second-most quarterback pressures in the league (despite not playing in the first half of Week 1 and missing an entire game later in the season).
When Rashawn Slater went down with injury in Week 3 of the 2022 season the Chargers felt better about putting a rookie with no NFL experience (that was drafted to be a guard) at left tackle over Norton. Jamaree Salyer excelled but that decision alone was very damning for Norton.
Then, when Trey Pipkins started dealing with MCL issues, the team turned to practice squad player Foster Sarell to get snaps. Sarell was not necessarily a great tackle and the fact that he beat out Norton is telling.
Now Norton finds himself on the New Orleans Saints as their swing tackle and regardless of who the Chargers bring in to replace him as depth, fans will be happy.