We heard once before, back at the end of June, that Fisher and the Chiefs were supposed to vamp up talks. The Chiefs rookies report to camp on Monday. Everyone else arrives on Thursday for the first practice on Friday. It’s not clear if the two sides consider Monday or next Friday as the real deadline.
There are still unsigned first round picks. Jordan, No. 3, signed this weekend while No. 2 pick Luke Joeckel signed weeks ago. Then there’s Fisher.
We don’t know what the specifics are in the hold-up with Fisher’s deal but as noted previously I’m not concerned (yet) about his ability to get into camp on time. Fisher and the Chiefs know how silly they would look if they actually let the top pick walk into camp late in the era of the rookie wage scale.
You can believe Jerry Jones if you want when he says Jason Garrett doesn’t have to make the playoffs to keep his job with the Dallas Cowboys.
Or you can look at the facts, and operate in the realm of reality.
Only the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs have hired more head coaches than the Cowboys owner and general manager since 1997.
Oakland has had nine and Kansas City seven. The Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions have each had six.
The source said Jordan, who is working his way back from a shoulder injury, also didn’t want to miss any practice time on account of the battle over offset language. Dolphins players reported to camp Saturday.
The rest of the unsigned players in the top 10, including offensive tackles Eric Fisher (Kansas City Chiefs, No. 1) and Lane Johnson (Philadelphia Eagles, No. 4) are also negotiating the offset language in their deals.
Johnson could be signed in the coming days, perhaps before, or shortly after, the Eagles’ rookies report on Monday.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Jordan had 14.5 career sacks as a speed rusher at the University of Oregon. He may initially be a pass-rush specialist with the Dolphins, but they anticipate he’ll eventually become an every-down end in their 4-3 scheme.