Chiefs, Fisher agree on contract

BY Mike Garafolo • July 26, 2013

The Kansas City Chiefs and No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher have agreed to terms on a four-year contract, thus getting the offensive tackle under contract before the first full practice of camp Friday afternoon.

The Chiefs have confirmed to FOX Sports that Fisher's camp has agreed to a deal and he’s on his way to camp to sign officially.

Like most of the top-10 picks, Fisher and the Chiefs were negotiating offset language on the guaranteed portion of his deal in addition to other issues on a rookie contract that’s mostly set in stone. The Chiefs received offset language, a source told FOX Sports, but Fisher’s camp won the battle against deferred signing-bonus money. Per the rookie scale, Fisher’s contract is worth roughly $22 million over four seasons with a team option for a fifth year.

"I'm happy to be here and happy to get to work," said Fisher, who arrived at training camp in time to pass a conditioning test and participate in the first full-squad workout.

"I just wanted to get the deal done," he said.

Fisher was diligent in attending the Chiefs' entire offseason program, even though he hadn't signed a contract. But he was absent from three days of rookie practice in St. Joseph, Mo., before joining the rest of the team in camp for Friday's public workout.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he wasn't concerned that Fisher wouldn't get to camp, but still expressed a sense of relief to have the big offensive tackle in the fold.

"I think it worked out well for Fish, and at the same time, it's good for our organization," Reid said. "Heck, he's a good football player, and we wanted him in here. We didn't want him to miss any reps, and he was able to do that.

"Until the fish is in the boat, you don't count it caught, right? That's how it works."

There are now only three unsigned first-round picks: Arizona Cardinals guard Jonathan Cooper (No. 6), New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner (No. 9) and Tennessee Titans guard Chance Warmack (No. 10).

The Associated Press contributed to this story.