- Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer
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For all the concern among their fans about the vacancy at starting right guard, tackle has been a bigger offensive line need for the Kansas City Chiefs. After losing Branden Albert to free agency, the Chiefs were left with Eric Fisher, Donald Stephenson and Jeff Linkenbach as their tackles. Fisher was disappointing last season as a rookie and had two offseason surgeries, limiting his ability to work out, while Linkenbach may be better as a guard and could wind up starting at that position on the right side.
So having another capable body, preferably one with experience, was a good idea for the Chiefs at tackle. So the signing of veteran tackle J'Marcus Webb makes sense for the Chiefs. Webb played both tackle positions and started 45 games over the past four seasons for the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. That makes Webb a good player to bring off the bench, though probably not in the starting lineup. Stephenson was a backup last season, but wound up starting seven games because of injuries to Albert and Fisher, so it's wise for the Chiefs to put another name on their depth chart at tackle.
Meanhile, the Chiefs have Rishaw Johnson, Linkenbach and Rokevious Watkins at right guard. They seem to like Johnson and if he doesn't win the job, Linkenbach is a veteran safety net. No such suitable safety net was available at tackle and may not be in place even with the signing of Webb. But the Chiefs were smart to try.
The Chiefs also signed three more undrafted free agents: Idaho fullback James Baker, SMU center Ben Gottschalk and Tulane kicker Cairo Santos. That brings their total of undrafted free agents to nine.
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