In a sign of what the future may hold for former Chicago Bears‘ seventh-round pick J’Marcus Webb, the Bears reduced Webb’s base salary on Sunday.
In an offer that had to first be accepted by Webb, the Bears cut Webb’s salary from $1.3 million to $630,000. $630,000 is the minimum that a fourth-year player can earn in the NFL. Webb does have an opportunity to earn the full $1.3 million based on playing time incentives.
The move is indicative of the fact that Webb had been replaced by rookie Jordan Mills on the starting offensive line. Mills likely will start the season as the team’s starting right tackle, while Webb will serve as a reserve.
Despite agreeing to a pay cut, there still is no guarantee that Webb makes the Bears’ 53-man roster to start the season.
Webb has yet to impress the coaching staff during the pre-season. Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer indicated last week that the offensive lineman was fighting for a roster spot and every indication is that it will be an uphill battle for Webb.
Webb, along with the rest of his Bears’ teammates return to the practice field on Monday at Halas Hall in preparation for their third pre-season game against the Oakland Raiders on Friday.