Former No. 1 overall pick and longtime Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher has found a new home on a one-year deal with an AFC rival.
First reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN, Fisher is signing a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts worth $9.4 million.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network added that the Colts "are comfortable with his rehab," as Fisher works back from a torn Achilles suffered in the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Chiefs general manager Brett Veach spoke about Fisher's injury timeline along with former right tackle Mitchell Schwartz on March 1. Both players were released shortly after.
"Mitch just recently had his disc worked on, and we’re hopeful for him to return to training camp, and the same thing with Fish," Veach said. "So, we’re hopeful both these guys can complete the rehab and be available for training camp and start the 2021 season."
Tucker Franklin of Arrowhead Report wrote about Fisher's fit in Indianapolis when Fisher was scheduled to visit Indy. Here's what he thought of the fit:
"The move makes sense for the Colts as they lost long-time left tackle Anthony Castonzo to retirement after last season. Either Indianapolis was unable to, or just didn't, address the starting role in the draft, so bringing Fisher in for a visit couldn't hurt."
Does this make sense for Fisher and the Colts?
Following such a serious injury as recently as Fisher did, a one-year deal worth nearly $10 million seems like a win for Fisher and a high-risk, high-reward gamble for the Colts. There's no guarantee that Fisher will (as Veach optimistically suggested before ultimately choosing to cut Fisher) be healthy for training camp or even fully in football-shape any time before mid-season. But the Colts know all of this and must believe they could get by without Fisher at the start of the year if his rehab doesn't speed along. It also wouldn't surprise me at all for Fisher to spend the last phase of his career in Indianapolis, potentially starting there for a few years in a situation that should be a good one with a strong organization and a decent team.
Either way, it's good news for Fisher's continuing career and could end up being a good gamble for a Colts team that could use some help at left tackle.