4 free agents who make perfect sense for Chargers after 2024 NFL Draft

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Mike Purcell makes sense for the Chargers

The Chargers did add an interior defensive lineman to the mix with Alabama's Justin Eboigbe. With Eboigbe added to the roster, some may assume that if the Chargers were going to address the front seven it would be on the edge to add depth behind Chris Rumph.

That ultimately is not needed as the Chargers are stacked at the position and could use the roster spot elsewhere. It makes far more sense for the team to go out and pursue a nose tackle, especially considering the make-up of the roster.

While Eboigbe does add to the interior defensive line room, he is not someone who is going to line up in the 0 technique. As it stands right now, the only player on the roster who can be penciled in to do that is Poona Ford, who isn't really the most exciting option.

It would benefit the Chargers to add one more traditional nose tackle who could play the 0 tech and at the very least serve as a run-stuffer on early downs. On passing downs the Chargers can get by just fine, but having another stout run-defender to play up front would make a difference.

Purcell would make that difference for the Chargers. While he is nothing to write home about, he is a run-stuffing nose tackle who absolutely could play early downs against the run for the Bolts. At 33 years old, it is unlikely that Purcell would cost much, either.

It is important to note that Purcell got his start all the way back in 2014 with the San Francisco 49ers when Jim Harbaugh was still the coach. Purcell was elevated from the practice squad late in the season to provide depth against, you guessed it, the Chargers.

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