The Kansas City Chiefs had good news and bad news on their first official day of training camp. Early Friday, they signed first-round draft pick, offensive tackle Eric Fisher of Central Michigan, to a contract that ended his mini-holdout. The bad news is that the team placed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on the non-football injury list with an apparent chest virus.
The Chiefs did not disclose the financial terms of Fisher’s contract themselves, but several outlets are reporting that it is a four-year contract worth $22.19 million with a fifth year option that the Chiefs can pick up. Fisher reportedly will get a signing bonus of $14.518 million – $10 million of which he will receive in the next five days. He will get the balance of the signing bonus next February.
Fisher received a generous amount in a signing bonus because he agreed to put in the so-called “offset language” in the contract that will protect the Chiefs financially if they have to cut Fisher from the roster before his contract ends and he signs with another team. Without the offset language, Fisher could have double-dipped his salary by getting money from both teams.
So, while Fisher joined his teammates Friday afternoon for the first practice of training camp, the Chiefs put #1 wide receiver Bowe on the non-football injury list. Head Coach Andy Reid said that Bowe has a chest virus and is congested. Reid also said that the virus is not related to the rib injury that Bowe suffered last season.
Finally, in a totally overlooked deal, the Chiefs signed free agent cornerback, Conroy Black, to a contract. According to the Chiefs official web site, “Black (6-0, 187) first entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders on May 11, 2012. He spent the 2012 preseason with the Raiders, before being released, then was added to the Detroit Lions practice squad roster on Sept. 18. He was later released by Detroit on May 16, 2013.”
In other words … training camp fodder.
The Chiefs will continue training camp Saturday. Click here for a complete training camp schedule.
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