Eric Fisher has yet to develop into one of the NFL's best left tackles as the Kansas City Chiefs envisioned when they made him the No. 1 overall pick in the draft in 2013. But he’s only 25 and still has time to get there.
The last thing the Chiefs should do with Fisher is give up on him too early and then watch him become that player for another team.
That’s why the Chiefs’ decision to exercise their fifth-year option on Fisher is a good one. It buys the Chiefs a little more time toward that goal, with Fisher now being under contract through the 2017 season.
Keep in mind the Chiefs haven’t guaranteed Fisher his 2017 salary, which will be about $11.9 million. It’s guaranteed at this point for injury only, so they have the option of releasing him before the start of the new league year in March and dumping his salary, if that’s what they choose to do.
A couple of other interesting points regarding Fisher:
The Chiefs’ choice with that first pick in 2013 came down to Fisher and Luke Joeckel, another tackle. Joeckel went with the next pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars.Jacksonville declined to pick up its fifth-year option on Joeckel’s contract. He is in danger of being benched this year or even released.
The Chiefs have six offensive linemen who have started at least one NFL game. All six are under contract though at least 2017 now that Fisher’s deal was extended. That gives the Chiefs the ability to have some continuity on their offensive line, something that’s been missing in recent years. The Chiefs have annually made multiple changes to their offensive line because they’ve lost nine linemen to free agency over the last three years.