Chiefs News: Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz released by team

Offensive tackle Eric Fisher #72 and Mitchell Schwartz #71 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
Offensive tackle Eric Fisher #72 and Mitchell Schwartz #71 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /

In Chiefs news, Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz have been released by the KC Chiefs. This was done to create cap space ahead of free agency.

Well, this isn’t really shocking, but it’s still a sad moment for the Kansas City Chiefs, as they’ve officially released left tackle Eric Fisher and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. The Chiefs took Fisher No. 1 overall in 2013 in what will go down as one of the worst drafts of all-time.

Even though Fisher wasn’t a Hall of Fame-type player, he was still arguably the best possible player to take with that pick. He struggled for the first few years of his career, but came into his own in recent years, making this decision that much harder.

Fisher was injured in the AFC Championship Game, suffering an Achilles injury and that essentially sealed his fate. With him not being able to play in 2021 due to recovery from the injury, the Chiefs figured why pay him the money he was due to make this year? It makes perfect sense.

As for Schwartz, this guy was dominant prior to 2020. He didn’t miss a game for the duration of his career, but a back injury led to him struggling this season before he was finally taken out in Week 6 and missed the rest of the year. He had surgery a few weeks back.

Chiefs news involves the team parting ways with former No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher and key free-agent signing Mitchell Schwartz.

This is going to ensure that the Chiefs find a tackle early on in the draft or in free agency (more likely the former). Both of these guys were injured in 2020 and that made it really tricky to keep them both for 2021 and beyond.

Back injuries are serious and that’s going to make it hard with Schwartz moving forward. Saving money there is key and even though he was a great player, he had to have seen this coming. It is unfortunate to let both of these players go, as they were staples on that offensive line, but this was the best decision for the organization.

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Now, the search begins for the next two starting tackles for the Kansas City Chiefs. Best of luck to Fisher and Schwartz and hopefully, they find new teams and play well in the coming years.