It looked like Morgan Fox's price was going to be too expensive for the LA Chargers to bring him back in free agency. However, the Bolts ultimately got the contract done, agreeing to re-sign Fox to a two-year contract after his breakout season in 2022.
Fox recorded 40 quarterback pressures and 6.5 sacks as an interior pass rusher last season. He was undoubtedly the best player on the interior at getting to the quarterback and that was without having Joey Bosa to aid in his pursuit. Without Fox, the Bolts would not have had their late-season defensive resurgence.
It is an understatement to say that Fox was a big priority for the Bolts heading into this offseason. It is hard to find a pass-rushing specialist like him to play on the inside that is not one of the elite defensive linemen in the sport. Fox was an integral part of the front seven and losing him would have been massive.
Re-signing Morgan Fox continues a great offseason for the Chargers.
There were three main boxes that the Chargers had to check off when it came to the team's impending free agents this offseason. They had to either re-sign or address the loss of Fox, Trey Pipkins and Drue Tranquill. Three days into NFL free agency they have already done just that.
In addition to re-signing Fox, the team also re-signed Trey Pipkins and signed Eric Kendricks to assumingly replace Tranquill next to Kenneth Murray. Those three holes have been filled and now the rest of the offseason is an open book for the Chargers.
Depending on what Fox's cap hit is in 20223, the Chargers may not be able to add any other significant free agents. At this point, the focus now turns to try to find cheap depth options, especially at a position like wide receiver where it is so desperately needed.
But that is exactly what Fox was last offseason: a cheap free-agent signing that turned into one of the most impactful defensive players on the team last season. He earned a new contract with the Bolts and it is great to see the team actually reward him.