KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms with No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher on Friday, ensuring that the big right tackle out of Central Michigan will be in training camp with plenty of time to prepare for the season.
A person familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced details, told The Associated Press the contract will be for five years. The deal is expected to be in the $22 million range, which would put it on par with the two previous No. 1 picks to have been signed since the NFL instituted a new rookie wage scale with the most recent collective-bargaining agreement.
Fisher was expected to report to training camp Friday in St. Joseph, in time for the team's first full-squad workout later in the day. He attended the Chiefs' entire offseason program, but missed three days of practice earlier this week involving his fellow rookies.
Fisher and another tackle, Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, were widely considered the top offensive linemen available in this year's draft. The Chiefs opted to nab Fisher with the first No. 1 pick in franchise history, securing a bookend tackle for new quarterback Alex Smith.
``Watching three tackles come off in the first four picks, I think people knew they would go high, but nobody was expecting that,'' Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said after the draft. ``It shows that a lot of teams know that you have to win in the trenches, and we certainly feel that way.''
While he may not be as polished as Joeckel, who went second overall to Jacksonville, Fisher is considered to be more athletic and the Chiefs believe he has a greater upside.
Most project him as a future left tackle, but the 6-foot-7, 306-pound Fisher will start off on the right side because the Chiefs opted to give veteran Branden Albert the franchise tag.
Albert will play this season under a one-year deal worth about $9.3 million, but his future beyond that is uncertain. The Chiefs have expressed interest in signing the durable left tackle to a long-term deal, but the two sides have so far been unable to close a wide gap in negotiations.
That means that Fisher could eventually replace Albert in protecting Smith's blind side in a revamped offense under new coach Andy Reid.
``I just try to play football. I know how to play football, and do what I've done the last four years, because that's what has gotten me here,'' Fisher said during offseason workouts.
``I'm just trying to play offensive line,'' he said. ``I really love everything that comes with it. It's a different territory in there. It's a very similar system to what I ran in college.''
Fisher is only the third offensive tackle picked No. 1 overall in the modern NFL draft.
``We were fortunate to have a draft where there was a number of offensive linemen who are first-round-caliber guys,'' Reid said after the draft. ``That's what we need here, and we have a good nucleus now.''
The team has now signed all eight draft selections from the 2013 draft class.

Recent NFL Discussions

Betting the 2017 NFL Draft on Mon, Apr 2017 by Blade
2017 Heisman Odds on Wed, Mar 2017 by Blade
College / NBA today on Sun, Mar 2017 by TtomBoBadly
SNOW on Tue, Mar 2017 by Michael Cash

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Alabama NFL Draft Odds The Alabama Crimson Tide could have a lot of players taken in the first round of the NFL Draft next week. How many...
Thumbnail Odds Theory & Fantasy: Perfect Combo In America alone over 110 million people settled down to watch February’s Super Bowl and were rewarded by a game which saw many twists and turns along the way. Of...
Thumbnail Romo moving to CBS After a lot of discussion about where Tony Romo will be next season, it appears that he will be behind a broadcast booth.
Thumbnail Patriots remain SB52 Favorites With NFL free agency slowing down dramatically over the past week, here's a look at the most recent Super Bowl 52 odds to win.
Thumbnail The Next Atlanta Falcons Despite suffering one of the greatest collapses in sports history at Super Bowl LI, the Atlanta Falcons still managed to overcome significant odds to reach the NFL’s...

NFL Team Pages