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Colts Bring Back Free Agent Tackle J'Marcus Webb

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INDIANAPOLIS — J'Marcus Webb is getting a shot at redemption with the Indianapolis Colts.

The team announced today that it has re-signed the veteran tackle, who had officially hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent back on March 13.

Webb, who will be 31 by Week 1 of the 2019 regular season, was signed by the Colts in training camp last year after several players at the tackle position had gone down with various injuries.

With a wide-open competition at right tackle, however, Webb took full advantage of his opportunity, quickly learning the team's playbook and earning the start at right tackle in the team's Week 1 opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

But after a solid individual performance in that game, Webb would suffer a season-ending hamstring injury late in the fourth quarter as he ran down the field during a Bengals defensive touchdown.

Webb was a candidate to possibly return later in the season, but the team instead elected to use its two return-from-IR spots on defensive tackle/end Tyquan Lewis and offensive lineman Joe Haeg.

Webb once again brings a veteran presence to the Colts' offensive line. A seventh-round pick by the Chicago Bears in the 2010 NFL Draft, he has played in 81 career games, with 65 starts, in his time with the Colts (2018), Seattle Seahawks (2016), Oakland Raiders (2015), Kansas City Chiefs (2014), Minnesota Vikings (2013-14) and the Bears (2010-12).

While the Colts have all five of their primary starting offensive linemen returning in 2019 — Anthony Castonzo (left tackle), Quenton Nelson (left guard), Ryan Kelly (center), Mark Glowinski (right guard) and Braden Smith (right tackle) — general manager Chris Ballard has expressed a desire to have nine or 10 starting-quality offensive linemen on the roster at all times.

Webb re-joins an offseason roster that also includes Haeg, Josh Andrews, Le'Raven Clark, Antonio Garcia, William Poehls, and De'Ondre Wesley. The team has also tendered restricted free agent center/guard Evan Boehm, though he is yet to sign that tender.

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