The number one overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft is officially under contract.
According to Pro Football Talk and confirmed by several other media outlets, Eric Fisher agreed to terms on a contract today and is expected to be in St. Joseph for the start of camp this weekend. Terms of the contract have been released but the deal should be for five years.
The holdup over the contract was due to offset language about how the fifth year of Fisher’s contract would be handled. The fifth year of the contract is technically an option year, and players try to negotiate into their contract that the fifth year involve guaranteed money. Should the Chiefs want to cut him – and Deity help us if they need to – the Chiefs would not want the money to be guaranteed so that they can clear his full salary off of their books. The result is a compromise that will give the Chiefs the offset language they are looking for in the future but give Fisher some added benefits in the present.
Fisher is immediately slotted in as the starting right tackle, and is projected to be the starting left tackle once Branden Albert is traded or allowed to walk after his contract has ended. His getting to camp (essentially) on-time will allow the Chiefs to start camp with their full projected starting lineup as the Chiefs are entering camp at near full health.
All of the Chiefs draft picks are now signed and in camp. Sanders Commings injured is collarbone on the first day of practices earlier in the week and will be out 2-6 weeks.