We have hit the two week mark until the start of training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri. And with the clock ticking, the top pick in the 2013 NFL Draft has yet to be signed. OT Eric Fisher has not signed a contract with the Chiefs and with 14 days left until the start of camp, both parties will look to agree to terms before the team reunites in St. Joseph.
Second overall pick LT Luke Joeckel signed his contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars weeks ago and NFL insider Adam Schefter reports that Joeckel will actually make more money than Fisher since there is no state income tax in the state of Florida. Joeckel signed a four-year deal worth $21.2 million with a signing bonus of just under $13.8 mil. Both tackles were neck and neck during their preparations leading up to the draft but Fisher's versatility, athleticism, and killer instinct led head coach Andy Reid and company to select the Central Michigan product.
The ongoing saga in Chiefs land this offseason has been the long-term contract negotiations with LT Branden Albert, who was slapped the franchise tag. And Fisher, who played left tackle in college, has been moved to play right tackle in Kansas City. Not only will each player rely on one another to try to form a stout offensive line, but their contract negotiations with the Chiefs may also rely on what the other player receives.
The unsigning of Fisher to this point may very likely be because the Chiefs want to workout a long-term deal with Albert first. They mentioned multiple times they want to work out a deal with Albert and want him to be their left tackle for years to come. And they have until Monday afternoon to workout a deal, otherwise Albert will play under his franchise tender in 2013 and he will not be able to sign an extension until the end of the season.
So if the Chiefs front office is able to come to terms with Mr. Albert's agent on an extension, the dominoes may very well fall and you could see first overall pick Eric Fisher sign his new contract as well. But if there is no deal for Albert with a few days left until camp, it will be interesting to see how long Fisher will continue to remain unsigned.
With Luke Joeckel already signing his contract, the Chiefs and Fisher should be close to theirs. Our guess is it will get done before the pads are put on.
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