Eric Fisher will be the left tackle next season for the Kansas City Chiefs, Andy Reid told SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber and others at the NFL owners meetings in Florida on Tuesday morning.
"Right now I'm going to move him to the left side," Reid said, according to Van Bibber. "That's where he played in college. Although Donald Stephenson played there for me, I know that he can do that too. But I think I'll start off with Eric at the left and keep Donald at the right. "
This had been a question since the Chiefs drafted Fisher, who played on the right side last year, No. 1 overall last year and it became apparent left tackle Branden Albert would be leaving in free agency (which he did to the Dolphins last week). Stephenson is capable of playing both sides of the line so we wondered if Fisher would remain on the right or move to the left. Now we have our answer.
Moving Fisher to the left is the best decision at this point. Presumably he's physically capable of doing that -- he talked last year about his muscles having to learn how to play on the right -- Fisher on the left side is the best scenario for the Chiefs long-term.
This also presumably means Donald Stephenson is the right tackle at this moment. Stephenson was the swing tackle last year and capable of playing both tackle positions. One of the reasons the Chiefs felt comfortable with Albert walking is because Stephenson was already in-house.
The Chiefs will possibly add another offensive tackle at some point. Jeff Linkenbach was signed in free agency but early signs indicate he's going to compete for a position at guard, although he has tackle experience, too.