Luke Joeckel Signs; Is Eric Fisher Next?

Luke Joeckel, the man many experts thought would be the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, is now signed, sealed and delivered.

To the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Despite being the early favorite to be a Kansas City Chief, Joeckel dropped a slot in the draft when KC decided to go with Eric Fisher instead. Fisher was widely believed to be a rawer prospect than Joeckel but with a higher upside.

The Jags inked Joeckel to a contract a couple of days ago, meaning Fisher could be next.

From USA Today:

Jacksonville Jaguars tackle Luke Joeckel, the second pick in the NFL draft, has agreed to a four-year deal and will sign the contract before heading to the league’s rookie symposium in Ohio, the team announced Saturday.

Joeckel becomes the ninth first-round pick under contract, and the highest selection to agree to terms.

No. 1 pick Eric Fisher remains unsigned with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Joeckel’s contract is worth $21.2 million, with a signing bonus of $13,799,344, a person with knowledge of the contract told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because terms of the deal were not to be publicly disclosed.

Though the Chiefs have yet to sign Fisher, I wouldn’t worry. GM John Dorsey has a little under a month to get a deal done and thanks to the new rookie wage scale included in the latest CBA, there just isn’t that much to haggle over.

What do you think, Addicts? Will Fisher be in camp on time?

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  • jimfromkcj

    Depends on who he has as an agent. After all he was chosen with the #1 pick over a guy who most experts thought was the better player..That could make an agents mouth water.

  • e_racer

    The Chiefs will get Eric Fisher’s contract done as soon as they have moved the money around to sign him. There is no hurry right now. I do not believe he will hold out. There really is not much to discuss under the new agreement regarding rookie free agents.

    There aren’t too many ways the Chiefs can rework contracts. The Chiefs could conceivably restructure three deals that could relieve some of the cap pressures. I think it is more likely that the Chiefs are working out the details for a longer term contract with Branden Albert.

    It will not be popular in certain circles, but Albert is a good LT (especially in Pederson’s new offensive scheme). Reworking his contract could free up an additional $3 to $4 M. Doing a long term deal with Albert would make more sense than to revisit Tamba Hali’s contract. Hali is 40% through a 5 year deal, with $35 M guaranteed. He is beginning to show diminishing value to the team. I don’t believe the Chiefs would want to lengthen that deal.

  • Jim Harper

    Absolutely! Fisher is like poster boy for a great attitude. I can’t wait to watch him open holes for Jamaal to drive a truck through. I am way more excited about him than I was about Albert. He was a first round pick too, but played guard in college and it took him awhile to convert to a LT.