TDBH: Bengals cut Webb with Levi emerging at LT

Posted Feb 19, 2018

This Day in Bengals History - February 20, 2003

After a rookie season Levi Jones validates his first-round selection, the Bengals are more than convinced he is the left tackle of their new Marvin Gardens Era under head coach Marvin Lewis and today they prove it when they terminate the contract of Richmond Webb.  The move isn’t a surprise. When Webb suffers a season-ending pectoral muscle in the fourth game of last season, Jones, the 10th pick in the draft out of Arizona State, survives a true baptism under fire when his first NFL start comes with the Bengals’ third different starting quarterback of the season. Webb is due $4 million in the last year of his three-year deal, but the 36-year-old former Dolphin has done exactly what they want him to do and be a bridge until they find a worthy young successor like Jones. Webb signs with the Bengals in 2001 after seven Pro Bowl seasons protecting Dan Marino's blindside at left tackle in Miami and after the Bengals allow 52 sacks in 2000 he’s a major reason they allow their fourth fewest sacks ever (28) the following year.

Webb still wants to play despite the injury and Lewis is open to him backing up both tackles. "Richmond has done some great things in the league and he's the kind of guy you want to have in your locker room," Lewis says. "See how things work out in the future. There may be an opportunity to possibly sign him back if that's something he would like to do and it works out great for us. It gives us a veteran guy with a great temperament."  While Webb never takes another snap and his Hall-of-Fame candidacy gets swallowed up in the same decade of Tony Boselli, Jonathan Ogden, and Orlando Pace, Jones goes on to have one of the most underrated careers in Bengals’ history.

Jones starts 89 games and emerges as one of the top left tackles in the game during a 2005 season he is voted a Pro Bowl second alternate. He becomes the Bengals’ best left tackle since Hall-of-Famer Anthony Munoz takes his last snap in 1992 and his athleticism on the left side is a major factor the Bengals rack up big offensive numbers in the beastly pass rush division of the Steelers and Ravens. He signs one of the biggest lineman deals in the league just before the 2006 season on a six-year extension, but knee and leg problems limit him to 31 games in his last three seasons and like Webb six years before him he’s cut before the 2009 season. His blue-collar grit and flash-point intensity mesh well with that athleticism and provides one of the toughest and most admirable feats ever in franchise history when he plays six days after arthroscopic knee surgery down the stretch in December of 2003 as a play-off bid falls short by a game.




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