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Chiefs to keep Eric Fisher around through at least 2017

The Kansas City Chiefs guaranteed Eric Fisher will be their left tackle for at least the next two seasons when they exercised their option for a fifth season on the contract he signed as the first overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Had the Chiefs not exercised the option, Fisher would have become a free agent at the end of the 2016 season.

Fisher has yet to establish himself as a player who deserved to be the No. 1 pick in a draft. Coming out of Central Michigan, Fisher found the attention of being the top pick -- and the transition to NFL competition -- to be difficult.

But he ended last season playing well. He had a particularly strong game against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans in the Chiefs’ playoff victory last January.

All six linemen on Kansas City’s roster who have started an NFL regular-season game are under contract through at least 2017. That should allow the Chiefs some continuity on their offensive line. The Chiefs have lost nine linemen to free agency in the past three years and they released another starter, Ben Grubbs, earlier this year.