The Indianapolis Colts untwined their most glaring roster need last week when they signed veteran left tackle Eric Fisher to a one-year, $9.4 million deal.
While there is apprehension among fans in terms of whether Fisher will return to the dominant force he was before his Achilles injury, it speaks volumes that GM Chris Ballard was able to sign arguably the most talented LT in free agency this offseason despite waiting as long as he did.
It’s duly noted that guys like Trent Williams, Orlando Brown Jr. and Charles Leno likely would’ve been safer additions, but fans in Indy can take solace in the fact that the front office is confident Fisher will make a full recovery from his Achilles injury.
For any Colts diehards wondering what convinced Fisher to sign with Indianapolis (no reports have indicated he was mulling offers from other teams), the former No. 1 overall pick cleared the air in emphatic fashion during his introductory press conference on Friday.
During his introductory press conference, LT Eric Fisher explained why he chose the Colts in free agency.
Isn’t Fisher just such a likable character? For any fans who had doubts about the Colts signing him, hopefully his comments swiftly changed their respective minds, because it’s clear he’s ecstatic to be in Indianapolis and thinks incredibly highly of the organization.
The 50-second clip unfortunately failed to fully grasp Fisher’s fervor, as the eight-year pro is excited to be with the Colts for a myriad of reasons. While the opportunity to start at a premium position for a “contender” was a significant selling point, getting to play alongside such a talented group of players was also key in convincing him to sign.
In fact, Fisher waxed poetic about the Colts’ offensive line and is quite evidently relishing the thought of playing next to “the best left guard in the league” in Quenton Nelson. Amazingly enough, Fisher also dished out some praise on Carson Wentz’s behalf.
"“One of the huge things is the offensive line there,” Fisher told reporters. “To be able to play next to the best left guard in the league, I’m darn excited for that. But across the board, talented guys everywhere.”“We got a great quarterback coming from Philly and I’m excited to build that chemistry with him, build that chemistry with the guys. But to be a part of that O-line group, I’m really, really chomping at the bit to get back to work. I’m looking forward to it, that’s a big part of it and I think we’re going to have a lot of success.”"
Yeah, we’ll go out on a limb and say this interview relaxed nervy fans.
We know there are concerns about Fisher’s injury rehab — the latest reports suggest he’ll be cleared to resume football activities by training camp, meaning he could return to the starting lineup a month or two into the season — but let’s cross that bridge when the time comes.
The bottom line is that the Colts signed a mauler of a blocker (at a reasonable price) who’s still smack in the middle of his prime and could become their starting left tackle for the foreseeable future if things go according to plan in 2021.
Fisher is palpably thrilled to be in Indianapolis, so let’s not brainstorm ways this move could explode in the Colts’ face until he gives us a reason to do so.