Chiefs sign veteran tackle J’Marcus Webb
05/19/2014 11:11 AM
06/03/2014 10:17 AM
Eric Fisher and Donald Stephenson will have some additional competition at offensive tackle this fall.
On Monday, the Chiefs signed four-year veteran J’Marcus Webb. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Star the deal is for one year.
Webb, 25, is listed at 6 feet 7 and 333 pounds.He provides a low-risk safety net for Fisher, who was plagued by injuries last season, and Stephenson.
In 108 snaps at right tackle last season with Minnesota, Webb posted a Pro Football Focus grade of 2.7, the first positive grade of his career.
He spent his first three years in Chicago, where he posted grades of minus-35.0 in 945 snaps primarily as a right tackle in 2010, then grades of minus-16.2 in 1,045 snaps in 2011 and minus-1.8 in 1,073 snaps in 2012 primarily as a left tackle.
Webb, who originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft choice of the Bears in 2010 out of West Texas A&M, has appeared in 54 games, making 45 starts — 13 at right tackle and 32 at left tackle.
The Chiefs also signed defensive tackle Kyle Love to a one-year deal on Monday, according to his agent, Richard Kopelman of Klass Sports.
“You have a guy with a proven track record, why not give him a look?” Kopelman said. “From everything I’ve been told, Kyle has a legitimate shot of not just making the team, but being a legit contributor.”
Love, 6-1 and 315 pounds, appeared in 42 games — including 25 starts — with New England during 2010-12.
He joined the Chiefs last November and appeared in one game against San Diego on Nov. 24. Love was inactive for the loss to Denver the following week before he was released. He signed with Jacksonville and played in one game, making four tackles.
“The situation last year, it wasn’t so much the Chiefs didn’t like what they saw in Kyle, it's just that you get in flux as the season goes on and it's hard for guys to stick when they show up late,” Kopelman said.
“When they let him go, we knew they liked Kyle, but it was one of those things where it wasn’t the right time or right place. But we feel real good about his chances now because he’s coming in early and we’ll have opportunity to start fresh with everybody else.”
The Chiefs also announced the signings of three undrafted rookie free agents: fullback James Baker of Idaho, offensive lineman Ben Gottschalk of SMU and kicker Cairo Santos of Tulane.
Baker, 6-2 and 228 pounds, played running back in college and led the Vandals in rushing last season with 617 yards and six touchdowns and caught eight passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns. He also posted impressive pro day numbers, according to NFLDraftScout.com, running a 4.55 40-yard dash, bench-pressing 225 pounds 27 times and posting a 37-inch vertical jump.
Gottschalk, 6-5 and 293 pounds, is a two-year starter who played in 45 career games. He started 12 games at left tackle in 2012 and 12 games at left guard in 2013. He ran a 5.30 40-yard dash, did 26 reps on the bench press and posted a vertical jump of 29 at his pro day.
Santos, 5-8 and 160 pounds, is a four-year starter who made 16 of 23 field goals with a long of 56 yards and also had 47 touchbacks in 2013. Santos won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s best kicker in 2012.
The Star’s Randy Covitz contributed to this report.