J’Marcus Webb announced through his Twitter today that he’d been signed by the Vikings.
I’m a Viking! Camera Gyrl, let’s ride or die! Everyone else—-move out the way!!! Go Vikings! http://t.co/4j4vRVTN0E
— J’Marcus Webb (@jmarcuswebb) November 25, 2014
This isn’t a huge surprise. Though there were rumors the Vikings were considering Eric Winston, he was in New York this morning attempting to hammer out an agreement with Roger Goodell as the NFLPA president regarding the process for player discipline. Workouts typically happen on Tuesdays, so that would have been tough.
Webb was on the team last year as a backup tackle and did well in spot duty. Though his career in Chicago was bad, he was an above-average backup. He allowed one sack, one hit and two hurries in 55 pass-blocking snaps, which is not great, but good in the universe of backup offensive linemen and was a punishing run blocker. The Vikings let him go before free agency last year, but still see enough in him to bring him back over other options.
He should be familiar with the blocking scheme, as that hasn’t changed even with a new offensive coordinator.
With Phil Loadholt injured and out for the rest of the season, the Vikings sorely needed help on the offensive line, especially as they suffered an injury to Brandon Fusco earlier in the year and are unhappy with Vlad Ducasse (who can also play tackle). For now, the presumed starter at right tackle is Mike Harris, who worked with Norv Turner in San Diego.
Presumably, Loadholt will be put on IR to make room. The Vikings have yet to make an announcement.