Two-time Pro Bowl tackle Eric Fisher will protect the blind side of new Indianapolis quarterback Carson Wentz
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts will sign left tackle Eric Fisher to a one-year, $ 9.4 million deal to protect the blind side of new starting quarterback Carson Wentz, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
There’s no question about Fisher’s ability to play, after the 2013 Draft’s No. 1 overall pick has started 113 of the 117 games he has appeared in since joining the NFL.
Eric Fisher is coming off a torn Achilles tendon, but the hope in Indy is that he’s recovered by September. AP Photo
The question that remains is when Fisher will actually be able to play for the Colts. He suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills in January of this year. Fisher also missed half of the 2019 season with a torso muscle injury.
The Chiefs released Fisher in March to help them get below the salary cap. He was selected to his second Pro Bowl last season.
Fisher suffered early in his career after Kansas City used the No. 1 pick in the draft on him, but in recent years he began to fulfill some of the high expectations the Chiefs had of him in 2013.
Fisher is in a relationship with Colts general manager Chris Ballard. Ballard was on the Kansas City board when Fisher was selected.
The hope, according to one source, is that Fisher will have recovered from the injury by September, but the team is not setting a deadline for his return. Once healthy, Fisher will join an offensive line that features Pro Bowl center Ryan Kelly; All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson; right guard Mark Glowinski; and right tackle, Braden Smith.
Left tackle had been a necessary position for the Colts since veteran Anthony Castonzo retired in January. They didn’t invest any of their top draft picks in an offensive tackle, because the coaches weren’t convinced of the litter of players available this year. Indianapolis didn’t select an offensive lineman until the seventh round of the draft. The team signed Sam Tevi, who played for the Los Angeles Chargers last season, in free agency.
The Colts’ new quarterback, Carson Wentz, is coming off a 2020 in which he was sacked 50 times in Philadelphia. AP Photo
“Whenever you have a player like Anthony Castonzo who retires, it is a necessity, and sign some guys [en la agencia libre] who we think are good football players, “Ballard said recently.” But, saying that, he just didn’t adjust at that point in the draft. I’ll be honest, how many genuine left tackles were there in the draft? I don’t have an exact number, but prototypes, some of those guys, might end up playing left tackle. We’ll see if they end up playing there for all of their careers. But if you’re going to pick such a tall guy and you’re going to select them to play left tackle, you’d like to know that he’ll be able to do it for his entire career. “
The Colts need stability at left tackle for Wentz. His new starter comes from a 2020 season in which he was sacked 50 times in just 12 games for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Colts gave up just 21 sacks last season.
Information from Adam Teicher was used in the writing of this note.