The Kansas City Chiefs announced Saturday that they had locked up Eric Fisher, their 25-year-old starting left tackle, to a four-year extension worth $48 million. The deal includes $40 million in guaranteed money and averages $12 million a year.
Chiefs safety Eric Berry is slated to make $10.8 million this season via the franchise tag, but he doesn’t have to show up until right before the season to collect it. That said, his decision to skip the Chiefs’ veteran reporting day for training camp Friday at Missouri Western was no surprise.
Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will finish his medical degree next year. He spent the last three weeks working in a Montreal hospital. For the Chiefs, he’s expected to start at right guard again this season.
With a long list of events set for Chiefs training camp, which starts in late July and runs through mid-August, fans will get plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with their favorite players in St. Joseph.
Mitch Mathews is the Kansas City Chiefs’ tallest and heaviest receiver, and he specializes in a skill that might be lacking among Chiefs receivers. Mathews caught BYU’s game-winning touchdown against Nebraska last year.
Chiefs training camp largely looks the same every year. The years change, but the stories and priorities don’t. But grinding through the Groundhog Day nature of training camp is essential. The way to do that is to embrace it, not reject it.
With the focus on him and the rest of the rookies in the first few days of Chiefs training camp, third-round pick KeiVarae Russell compared himself to a sponge, soaking in knowledge on how to play cornerback in the NFL. He has played corner, nickel corner, and is learning the safety positions. His goal is just to play somewhere on the field for the Chiefs this year.
Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs rookie wide receiver who pleaded guilty to domestic abuse by strangulation before his fifth-round draft selection this year, has drawn raves from his coaches and teammates this summer. They repeatedly praised his speed during organized team activities, and that continued Wednesday as the Chiefs conducted the first of three training-camp practices with only rookies and selected veterans.
Defensive back Phillip Gaines missed most of last season because of a torn ACL. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Gaines will have the first crack at the No. 2 corner job. Gaines said he has full confidence in his knee.
The team has plans to improve the flow of vehicles into the Truman Sports Complex. The Chiefs are hoping that fans will purchase advanced parking passes, which cost $30 per game. Tailgate accessories will also be limited to an 8-foot area behind each parking space.
Chiefs receiver Mike Williams, who missed organized team activities this spring because of a hamstring injury, was anxious Wednesday to see if he still had the skills he displayed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers several years ago, before injuries and an NFL suspension derailed his career.
The start of August marks the one-year anniversary of when Kaiser Carlile, the bat boy for the Liberal Bee Jays, was accidentally struck in the head by a bat in the on-deck circle at the NBC World Series and died a day later. Kaiser’s death sent his parents spiraling, only to find the support of each other and others was enough for them to carry on.