In the history of the National Football League, there has always been a tremendous amount of pressure and high level of expectations placed on first-round draft picks. Whether it's fair or unwarranted, these picks are expected to produce early on in their career and are placed under a microscope by the teams, their fans and certainly by football analysts and draft experts.
Sometimes, the first-round picks are made due to the potential upside that a player might offer, so the end results won't be realized immediately. More patience is required by all parties in cases like that, but an athlete that isn't mentally strong is subject to a "crash and burn" conclusion to his career.
There is a rookie wage scale in the NFL which keeps the price tags on the top rookies at a reasonable level and not the insanity that gave Sam Bradford a $70 million deal before he set foot in the league. The rookie wage scale simplifies things but there is still some negotiating to do.
Luke Joeckel, No. 2 pick, signs with Jaguars
Will Eric Fisher sign soon after Joeckel recently inked his deal with Jacksonville?
Contributing to National Football Post, Len Pasquarelli reports that the Chiefs and Fisher have yet to have "substantive" talks but they should start talking more seriously in the next week or so.
Looking at the calendar ... I could see them picking up talks after the fourth of July weekend, Monday the 8th. Then I
would expect them to have something done before July 22, the date in which Chiefs rookies and quarterbacks can report to camp in St. Joe. Everyone else starts on July 26.
Of course this is all just a guess. But in past years with the rookie wage scale there have not been holdout problems.
Fisher is the only unsigned Chiefs draft pick.