Every day we’ll take a look at one of the Minnesota Vikings heading for free agency, what he has meant to the team before and a prognosis on whether or not he’ll be back with the club in 2014.
Free agent to be: Joe Webb
Position: Wide receiver
Years in the league: 4
What he made last season: $658,381 (cap number); $635,250 (cash value)
What he did last season: Webb moved from quarterback to receiver, where he made the Vikings' roster as their fifth receiver out of training camp and showed what he might be capable of as a red zone target when he caught a touchdown pass from Christian Ponder in the Vikings' third preseason game. But Webb didn't see much action as anything other than a run-blocker, catching just five passes for 33 yards.
His potential market value: Webb will be an interesting case; there's a school of thought out there that he could be a dangerous quarterback in a read-option scheme, as the Vikings saw briefly on the first drive of their 2012 playoff game in Green Bay. As a receiver, he has the size and strength that might cause some teams to take a look at him, and his upbringing as a quarterback could also make teams take a look at his understanding of the game. But Webb, in all likelihood, isn't going to get a significant contract. If he's back with the Vikings or if he signs somewhere else, he'll have to fight for playing time.
Will he still fit the Vikings? It's hard to say. Webb's physical tools and the fact that receivers coach George Stewart is still around to vouch for him might play in Webb's favor. But in what is expected to be a more diverse scheme, the Vikings probably will be asking for more from their fourth and fifth receivers than they've gotten in past years. They probably won't keep a receiver almost strictly as a run-blocker, like they've done the past two years with Webb and Stephen Burton. For Webb to come back to the Vikings would likely require a leap of faith from offensive coordinator Norv Turner that Webb could fit in his system.
What happens: As well liked as Webb is in the Vikings' locker room, the guess here is he moves on to a different team, either as a change-of-pace quarterback or a receiver who could also step in as a QB for certain plays.