The reconstruction of one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL could be underway sooner than most thought.
Chicago Bears offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb was arrested earlier this week on drug charges. Webb was charged for possession of a controlled substance, cannabis and paraphernalia.
The Bears released a statement saying that they “are aware of the recent arrest of J’Marcus Webb,” and that the organization is “currently gathering information to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the arrest.”
Since entering the NFL in 2010, Webb has started 44 of the 46 games that he has played in. Currently, the former seventh-round draft pick out of West Texas A&M is the starting left tackle for the Bears, and is the protector of quarterback Jay Cutler’s blindside.
Obviously, his protection needs much work. Chicago has surrendered an enormous amount of sacks over the past few seasons, and Webb is a big reason for that. In addition to his matador style pass blocking, Webb was the most penalized offensive lineman in 2011.
It seemed painfully clear that Webb’s future with the Bears was on thin ice due to his inconsistent play on the field. Now, this off-the-field incident will give general manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman more of a reason to send Webb packing this offseason.
It’s unfortunate that a situation such as this one could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. However, with or without this happening, Webb’s days in the city of Chicago are numbered anyway. If Trestman is as offensive-minded as everyone says he is, getting rid of Webb should have been at the top of the list once he first stepped foot into Halas Hall.
Once the Bears get all of the details of this incident, expect Webb to be looking for a new place to call home.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google