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Sources: Ex-Bears OT J'Marcus Webb to sign with Vikings

Former Bears offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb has been signed by the Vikings, according to NFL sources. That means Webb, if he sticks with the Vikings, will return to Soldier Field on Sept. 15.

Webb, who started for three seasons with the Bears — at right tackle in 2010 and left tackle in 2011 and 2012 — was the Bears’ starting right tackle when training camp opened. But he lost his job to rookie Jordan Mills after the first preseason game and his training camp deteriorated from there. The Bears cut his salary in half, but even that wasn’t enough to keep him on the roster after the former seventh-round pick from West Texas A&M had three penalties in the final two preseason games.

Webb will be an insurance policy for the Vikings. They have solid starters in left tackle Matt Kalil, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 draft, and right tackle Phil Loadholt, a four-year starter who signed a four-year, $25 million contract in the offseason. Their backup at right tackle currently is Troy Kropog, a former guard from Tulane. The Vikings also have third-year tackle DeMarcus Love, who is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

In the meantime, Webb can spill his guts about the new Bears offense to the Vikings coaching staff. That’s an old Bill Belichick trick.