Ranking the 2023 Chargers free agents by priority

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3. DT Morgan Fox

The real debate while making this list in my mind was whether I should list pass-rushing defensive tackle Morgan Fox higher or lower than Van Noy. For a few key reasons, I gave a slight edge to the former Ram.

In his age 28 season, Fox had the most pressures of his career with 40. He was second on the team in sacks with seven, only behind Mack's eight. He was easily the second most consistent pass-rushing presence for the Chargers throughout the season.

21 run stops were also a career-high for Fox. His performance arguably saved the Chargers' defensive line from completely imploding in the absence of Bosa and the poor performance and eventual release of Jerry Tillery.

Not picking up Tillery's fifth-year option and getting rid of him is another reason why Fox has a lot of value here. They don't have a true pass-rush specialist defensive tackle on the roster right now aside from perhaps Joe Gaziano, who they clearly view as more of a potential practice squad fit. Sebastian Joseph-Day wasn't great at pass rush in 2022. Austin Johnson and Otito Ogbonnia suffered pretty bad knee injuries.

If in a vacuum I could only choose one of Fox or Van Noy for around a similar price point, I'd have to pick Fox based on his 2022 performance and roster fit/utility going forward.