Chiefs Sign OT J’Marcus Webb

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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.

From the KC Chiefs’ website:

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.

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  • Randall Miller

    Interesting …can’t hurt to bring him in for a look.

  • tm1946

    Got to have reserves who can step in for a blow or minor injury. Might be one of the better moves that few will notice…. until we need him.

  • berttheclock

    Stacy, you called it recently that Dorsey would add a swing tackle. Good call.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Had to have another veteran for that second tier of offensive linemen.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Great signing, especially on a cheap one year deal. We need a veteran swing tackle that can fill in if need be and Webb, while ideally not a starter, is perfect for the job. He got better every year he was a starter in Chicago and while still mediocre at best, his last year as a starter did grade out with PFF as better than either Stephenson or Fisher did last year. Now, those two were first time starters so they should improve and keep Webb on the bench, but it’s good to know there’s a veteran with starting experience there if we need him.

  • e_racer

    I don’t have a problem with the Chiefs signing this guy. He didn’t do well at Chicago. Minnesota snagged him, but he wasn’t good enough to keep. Still, the guy has size and experience. He won’t be a starter, but he should provide some depth. Sometimes, guys hang around long enough in the league to finally get it. This guy is probably not going to have that kind of future, but you never know.

  • unclejesse40

    How can you get mad at a signing of a former starter for a backup position when the guy is still young enough to learn some stuff! Love the depth signing!