News of J'Marcus Webb's arrest last weekend certainly won't help his standing with the Chicago Bears' new coaching staff, but it isn't likely to change whatever plans the team has for him in 2013 and beyond.
Webb has been the Bears' starting left tackle for two years, and their needs at right tackle, left guard and perhaps center might be more pressing at the moment. New coach Marc Trestman hasn't shared specifics on his intent for the offensive line, but indications at last week's scouting combine suggested the Bears were not in the market for a new left tackle.
According to CBS television station KFVS, Webb was arrested Sunday night in Pulaski County, Ill., and charged with possession of a controlled substance, cannabis and paraphernalia. The Chicago Tribune reported that police found less than 2.5 grams of marijuana in his car after he was pulled over for speeding. *Update: A prosecutor said Wednesday night that the charges will be dropped. For what it's worth, NFL discipline doesn't always align with legal outcomes.
As I always say in these instances, I don't feel comfortable either minimizing or harshly judging marijuana possession. In reality, it's not an uncommon occurrence. And in the NFL, first offenses are generally treated with minimal discipline.
Based on history, at least, it's not likely that Webb's standing with the team has changed significantly. The Bears issued a standard statement acknowledging they are aware of the situation and are gathering more information. But if the Bears decide to move on from Webb, it will almost certainly be for predetermined football reasons rather than a reaction to this incident.