The Oakland Raiders added to their sizable 2015 free agent haul and mass of their offensive line with the signing of free agent T J'Marcus Webb. The 6'7", 333-pounder has history with new Raiders Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave, Offensive Line coach Mike Tice, and recently signed QB Christian Ponder.
Despite a collegiate career that featured stops at three different schools, Webb was selected in the 7th round of the of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. After playing with Chicago and the Minnesota Vikings, Webb signed the Kansas City Chiefs. Before he could get a taste of the AFC West, the Chiefs released the one-time Texas Longhorn.
"I didn't have my body right with the Chiefs and now I've had time to myself, time to think and I'm definitely amped and excited to be a part of that engine, and the offensive line is where it starts," Webb said shortly after signing his Raiders contract.
Webb, who has seen action and started numerous games at both right and left tackle, is excited to be reunited with some familiar faces and get things going in Silver and Black.
A look at new Raiders offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb.
"I want to come in and hit the ground running with the offensive line. Like I said, I have a little history with Mike Tice and a little bit with Bill Musgrave and it should be a good time," said Webb. "We start OTAs [Organized Team Activities] pretty soon, get a chance to get with the guys, and get that gel and just turn things around."
Coming from the NFC North, Webb is no stranger to hotly-contested rivalries. He says he's looking forward to this fresh start. "New opportunity. Definitely haven't been on the West Coast to play a little bit, so I'm excited," said Webb. "I'm getting my body right and I'm really excited to be here with the new coaching staff and we'll be ready to go."
The Fort Worth, Texas,-native has played in a total of 55 regular season games with 45 starts. He has also started two playoff games.
Webb joins a bit of a revamped offensive line with new C Rodney Hudson who comes over from the Chiefs. Last year's starting right guard Austin Howard is slated to move to right tackle.
The competition for playing time should be fierce with Menelik Watson entering his third season, Donald Penn anchoring the left side, Howard moving to right tackle and the ever-present Khalif Barnes ready to jump in when needed.
Webb is an imposing figure who appears ready to take that next step in his seasoned but relatively young career.