Former KC Chiefs are still surprisingly free agents

Eric Fisher #72 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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Eric Fisher
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Eric Fisher

Eric Fisher’s best days are definitely behind him, but that’s true of any player into his thirties. Given the fact that he plays such a premium position, it’s silly that Fisher hasn’t had any real bites in free agency so far—at least that we know of.

Last year was a rough campaign for Fisher, and we don’t want to gloss over that, but the Indianapolis Colts knew what they were getting into when they signed him. After all, Fisher was coming off of a tough season-ending Achilles injury from the AFC Championship game from the year prior, which meant that he’d be rehabbing and getting back into game shape at the same time very real NFL games were being played.

Somehow, Fisher was able to return and start 15 games for the Colts, but it looked like it was a bit too soon in the early going as the former first overall pick out of Central Michigan struggled to take on any above average pass rushers. However, as time went on, Fisher looked like his old self for long spurts and it was clear that if he could stay healthy, he’d find his way back to “normal.”

Remember that normal was a two-time Pro Bowl player who locked down the blindside for Chiefs’ quarterbacks for eight full seasons. He played in 874 more snaps last season and Pro Football Focus still graded him as a solid run blocker—giving him his highest grade there since 2016.

Fisher is a pro’s pro at this point, a veteran who knows what it takes to play at a high level and should be able to deliver on that ideal if healthy. If a team checks him out and he’s good to go, he’s going to be a solid addition outside. Given the frustrating level of offensive line play around the league, it seems crazy that Fisher is still waiting for someone to ask him to dance.