Mailbag: Any chance Chiefs give up on Eric Fisher?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Here is this week’s edition of the Kansas City Chiefs’ mailbag. To ask a question for a future edition, send it to me via Twitter (@adamteicher) and tag it #ChiefsMail.

@adamteicher: The Chiefs still seem to believe in Eric Fisher, who in his two seasons with the Chiefs hasn't played like the first pick in the draft, which he was in 2013. He has shown some flashes. He's certainly athletic enough to handle the job. He needs to get a lot stronger, and this is a big offseason for him in that regard. He didn't get to spend much time in the weight room during the offseason last year because he had two surgeries, one to repair a balky shoulder and the other for a sports hernia. He'll need to make up for lost time this year and come back as a much-improved player. @adamteicher: It certainly doesn't look like the Chiefs are going to be able to be big spenders in free agency. A wide receiver like Philadelphia's Jeremy Maclin would make plenty of sense for the Chiefs from a football standpoint, but financially I don't see a fit. He can command a contract like the one the Chiefs gave a couple of years ago to Dwayne Bowe, and while the Chiefs could find a way to go there, it would bring on plenty of pain. So I don't see it happening. @adamteicher: This is in reference to my post that Justin Houston didn't deserve to get shut out of the Associated Press' defensive player of the year balloting. Watt got all the votes. So I agree that Houston deserved more consideration than he was apparently shown. @adamteicher: I would have voted for Watt, but my decision wouldn't have been an easy one. Houston at least deserved that consideration. He had a couple of sacks that stood out, including his strip of Philip Rivers in the final game of the season that led to a Chiefs field goal. He went only three games without a sack. Plus, he was a solid all-around player. @adamteicher: Taking each of those three receivers on a case-by-case basis, the Chiefs don't necessarily have to release Junior Hemingway. He doesn't have a contract for 2015, but the Chiefs would retain his rights by tendering him the minimum offer. If they don't, he would then become a free agent. The Chiefs would keep him at a low cost, and at a minimum, they like him on special teams, but he might be worth that price. The Chiefs would save about $1.3 million by releasing A.J. Jenkins, and that's not a lot of money, so they might keep him around. They could save about $3.5 million by releasing Donnie Avery, and that could well be a place they decide to save some money.