The Kansas City Chiefs have signed free agent offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb. The four-year veteran has spent time with both the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. Last September, Webb was claimed off of waivers by Minnesota. He played in eight games in 2013, but only logged one start for the Vikes. Prior to his stint with Minnesota, he spent three years with the Bears, but struggled as a starter. In his final full season with Chicago, Pro Football Focus graded him out as the 50th-best tackle in the league.
Webb figures to replace Donald Stephenson as the team’s swing tackle. As a reserve, Webb is a solid signing. He’s a better run blocker than he is a pass protector, but could be a serviceable fill-in if either Stephenson or Fisher go down with injuries. The terms of the contract haven’t been disclosed yet, but reports suggest it’s a one-year deal.
Webb (6-7, 333) has played in 54 games (45 starts) in four NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2013) and Chicago Bears (2010-12). He has played both tackle positions along the offensive line during his tenure in the NFL and started two postseason contests (2011). Webb originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft choice (218th overall) of the Chicago Bears in the 2010 NFL Draft. Prior to playing his final two collegiate seasons at West Texas A&M (2008-09), he spent one year at Navarro College (2007) and one season at the University of Texas (2006). He prepped at Mesquite North High School in Mesquite, Texas.