Meet the free agents: OT J'Marcus Webb

February, 11, 2014
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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: J'Marcus Webb

Webb
Position: Offensive tackle

Age: 25

Years in the league: 4

What he made last season: $630,000(cap number); $630,000 (cash value)

What he did last season: Webb signed with the Vikings after the Chicago Bears released him at the end of August, and stepped in on a couple occasions for injured right tackle Phil Loadholt. When Loadholt sustained a concussion in Dallas, Webb allowed a sack on the first play of the second half, leading to Christian Ponder's fumble that the Cowboys recovered for a touchdown. But he came back the following Thursday night and kept the Washington Redskins from touching Ponder and Matt Cassel. In sparse duty the rest of the year, Webb allowed one more hit and a hurry on Cassel, and fared well as a run blocker against the Detroit Lions in the season finale.

His potential market value: It will depend on if another team sees Webb as a potential starter. He started at left tackle for two seasons in Chicago, but struggled to protect Jay Cutler and became one of the Bears' most-maligned players after Cutler bumped him for giving up a sack in a Week 2 game against Green Bay in 2012. Webb's market is probably as a backup tackle, but if there's a team out there that wants to let him compete for a starting job, he might have a chance to get a slightly better deal.

Will he still fit the Vikings? The team will always be in the market for a versatile lineman who has been a starter in the league before, but it depends if Webb wants to try to start somewhere else. As a backup, he'd be one of the more expendable players on the Vikings' roster, and it's possible the team could draft a tackle with an eye toward development behind Loadholt and Matt Kalil.

What happens: Webb heads elsewhere to compete for a starting job, while the Vikings try to find another young tackle they can mold behind their two well-entrenched starters.

Ben Goessling

ESPN Minnesota Vikings reporter

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