The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms with No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher on Friday, ensuring that the big right tackle out of Central Michigan will be in training camp with plenty of time to prepare for the season.
A source, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced details, told the Associated Press the contract will be for five years. The deal is expected to be in the $22 million range, which would put it on par with the two previous No. 1 picks to have been signed since the NFL instituted a new rookie wage scale with the most recent collective-bargaining agreement.
Fisher was expected to report to training camp Friday in St. Joseph, in time for the team’s first full-squad workout later in the day. He attended the Chiefs’ entire offseason program, but missed three days of practice earlier this week involving his fellow rookies.
Fisher and another tackle, Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel, were widely considered the top offensive linemen available in this year’s draft. The Chiefs opted to nab Fisher with the first No. 1 pick in franchise history, securing a bookend tackle for new quarterback Alex Smith.
“Watching three tackles come off in the first four picks, I think people knew they would go high, but nobody was expecting that,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said after the draft. “It shows that a lot of teams know that you have to win in the trenches, and we certainly feel that way.”
While he may not be as polished as Joeckel, who went second overall to Jacksonville, Fisher is considered to be more athletic and the Chiefs believe he has a greater upside.
Most project him as a future left tackle, but the 6-foot-7, 306-pound Fisher will start off on the right side because the Chiefs opted to give veteran Branden Albert the franchise tag.
NFL suspends Jenkins
Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins was suspended for four games without pay Friday for violating the NFL’s drugs policy.
Jenkins released a statement saying he was “shocked and confused” to learn that he had tested positive for a banned performance enhancing substance.
“It’s an obscure substance that I’ve never even heard of, and I still don’t know how it got into my body,” the statement said. “My only guess is that it came from one of the supplements I was taking around the time of the test, even though none of them listed anything banned.”
Jenkins remains eligible to practice at training camp and play in preseason games. He was on the field working with the first-string unit during the afternoon practice when the suspension was announced.
Bengals’ Green hurts knee
An MRI found that Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro receiver A.J. Green has a bruised knee, forcing him to miss several days of practice. Green hurt his left knee near the end of Cincinnati’s first training camp practice on Thursday, twisting his leg as he planted to try to make a sideline catch. Green said an MRI that found no structural damage.
At first, he feared that it was a significant injury. A trainer examined the knee, and Green got up and walked off the field.
“It was [frightening] for me,” Green said. “I felt it, but everything felt intact. I got up and walked off, so it’s fine.”
Coach Marvin Lewis said Green will miss at least the weekend practices, when the Bengals put on pads for the first time. Lewis said Green suffered a bruise inside the knee.
Packers corner sits out
Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward, who led NFL rookies last season with a team-high six interceptions, may miss two weeks of training camp because of a hamstring injury. Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Hayward suffered the injury while training on his own before coming in to camp. Hayward walked the sideline Friday while his teammates went through practice.
Defensive end Mike Neal also missed practice with what McCarthy called an abdominal injury. McCarthy said he thought Neal would be fine but could also miss a couple of weeks.
Jets corner to miss season
New York Jets cornerback Aaron Berry will miss the season after injuring a knee on the first day of practice at training camp.
Berry, expected to compete for the No. 4 cornerback spot, went down midway through practice Friday when he got tangled up with wide receiver Joseph Collins.
Berry writhed in pain as trainers and coach Rex Ryan checked on him. He remained down for several minutes before walking gingerly off the field under his own power.
Ravens tackle on field
Offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie joined his Baltimore Ravens teammates on the field Friday after missing the first day of training camp for being overweight. But McKinnie didn’t make it to the end of the 2½-hour workout under sunny skies at the team’s training complex in Owings Mill, Md.
Holmes still questionable
Santonio Holmes says he “can’t answer” whether he will be able to return to the field for the New York Jets this season as he recovers from a serious foot injury.
Holmes said Friday on the first day of training camp practice that it’s all up to how the foot feels. He has been doing “quite a bit of running,” but most of it has been straight ahead with no cutting.
He injured his left foot in Week 4 of last season, and needed two surgeries.
Dennard keeps quiet
New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard isn’t commenting on his arrest for drunken driving.
Dennard participated in the team’s first training camp practice but wouldn’t discuss his arrest July 11 in Lincoln, Neb., where he played college football for Nebraska.
Last year’s seventh-round draft choice ended last season as a starter and was projected to keep that role. On Friday, he played with the first-team and second-team defenses.
Giants sign fullback
The New York Giants signed former Rutgers fullback Ryan D’Imperio and waived placekicker David Buehler.
D’Imperio appeared in two preseason games last year with Kansas City.