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4 free agents the Chargers can sign to replenish the roster amid injury bug

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4. Blake Martinez, LB

The LA Chargers probably have the resources to survive a Kenneth Murray injury, especially considering that Murray shouldn't be out for too long. It is a shame, though, as the third-year linebacker was finally starting to play well and all of his momentum was instantly halted.

Whether or not Murray will miss a week or two months the Chargers could benefit from adding someone like Blake Martinez. Martinez, quite frankly, is a bit overqualified to be a free agent at this point in the season.

Martinez recorded 140+ tackles from 2017 through 2020 and he just suffered an unfortunate injury in 2021. He tore his ACL in Week 3 last season and then was released by the New York Giants before this season.

The added benefit of Martinez is it would allow the Chargers to move Kyle Van Noy around more. When Van Noy was signed, it was assumed that he would add some depth on the edge as his days as a great coverage linebacker were behind him.

Yet for some reason, the Chargers are still utilizing Van Noy as a coverage linebacker like it is 2018. This is not how the team should use him and it is showing up in the passing game.

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This would be a way for the Chargers to get added depth at EDGE for the time being while also improving at the linebacker position as well. Van Noy can still play some linebacker in certain looks depending on the matchup, but opening him up to help on EDGE will have a much bigger impact than whatever has can do at ILB.