The Kansas City Chiefs made a surprising move on Saturday by giving former No. 1 pick Eric Fisher a lucrative deal that makes him one of the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL.
Four years were tacked on to the remaining two years left on Fisher’s deal, securing him a to six-year, $63 million deal with the Chiefs that includes $40 million in guarantees. He is now under contract with the Chiefs through the 2021 season.
Later in the day, Davis reported to 49ers’ training camp.
But going from retired to reinstatement wasn’t exactly a smooth process. Davis, known for being quite unfiltered on his Twitter account, suggested in early April that dealing with 49ers general manager Trent Baalke gives him a “headache” after he confirmed his intentions to return to the NFL. A little over a week later, there were rumors that the 49ers wanted to trade Davis.
As training camp approached, Davis finally made good on his word that he would be returning this season:
My Official Reinstatement Letter to the @NFL & @49ers has been sent!
Smith was thrown into the fire and struggled mightily. While the Jets finished with an 8-8 record, Smith held the team back with 21 interceptions to just 12 touchdowns. His 66.5 passer rating in 2013 is the worst for any 16-game starter since Joey Harrington’s 2003 season with the Detroit Lions.
A year later, though, Smith made significant improvements in every statistical category. He had a higher completion percentage, threw fewer interceptions and finished with a 77.5 rating. Smith improved as the season went on and finished the last four games with 1,001 passing yards, six touchdowns, two interceptions and a 105.3 passer rating.
When Fitzpatrick was added to the fold a year ago, it was as a backup for the team’s young, ascending quarterback who had matured right before everyone’s eyes. Brandon Marshall, who has a close friendship with Fitzpatrick now, said he handpicked the Jets as a landing spot in a trade after a conversation with Smith.
Then all that momentum was derailed by a punch from IK Enemkpali that broke Smith’s jaw and gift-wrapped the starting job to Fitzpatrick, who never gave it back. The only playing time for Smith in 2015 came in a loss to the Oakland Raiders after Fitzpatrick injured his thumb. Smith completed 27 of 42 passes for 265 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Smith was a player who required time to develop and the Jets have put in that time. The team can even save $3 million by letting Smith play and keeping Fitzpatrick from reaching his contract incentives. By giving Fitzpatrick the job again in 2016, the team is robbing itself of the chance to see what that developed product actually looks like.