Chiefs pick up fifth-year option on Eric Fisher

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Sept. 17; 2015; Kansas City, MO: Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher (72) during pregame warmups against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

Sept. 17; 2015; Kansas City, MO: Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher (72) during pregame warmups against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs on Monday exercised a fifth-year option on left tackle Eric Fisher.

The 6-7, 315-pound Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick out of Central Michigan in the 2013 NFL Draft, was set to enter the 2016 season in the final year of his rookie contract.

But the option, which carries an $11.096 million price tag, keeps Fisher in Kansas City through 2017.

Fisher has appeared in 46 regular-season career games with 43 starts (26 at left tackle) . He finished the 2015 season on a high note, including more than holding his own against Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt in the first round of the playoffs.

The consistency and performances of the past season have Fisher looking forward to more.

“I see myself on a steady incline,” Fisher said on April 18, the first day of the Chiefs’ voluntary offseason workout program. “I’m looking to pick up where I left off, continue to grow and stay on a steady rise throughout my career.

“If I can do that 10 more years, however many more years, I’m looking forward to it and really looking forward to a great season this year.”

The Chiefs as of Monday morning have $1,149,475 million on available cap space, according to the NFLPA Public Salary Cap Report.

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Herbie Teope is the lead Chiefs beat writer for The Topeka Capital-Journal and ChiefsDigest.com. Use the contact page to reach him or find him on Twitter: @HerbieTeope.

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