The fifth year option game has begun. The 2013 first round picks are entering their fourth year in the league but teams have to decide by May 2 whether to pick up the fifth year option for those first round picks. The Saints have become the first team to do so.
Per source, the Saints have exercised S Kenny Vaccaro's 5th-year option. He's the first player in the '13 draft class to have his picked up.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 12, 2016
The Chiefs will have to make the same decision on Eric Fisher. He is under contract for the 2016 season but the Chiefs will decide by May 2 whether to exercise his fifth year option. Chiefs GM John Dorsey recently said that they have talked to Fisher's camp about that option and that they have talked about a contract extension too. However, no decision has been made according to Dorsey. The fifth year option cost will likely be over $13 million for Fisher (or whatever the transition tender is next year).
There's really little reason NOT to do this. It's guaranteed for injury only which means Fisher would collect if he suffered an injury that prevented him from playing in 2017;. However, if no injury the Chiefs can still cut him. The chances of an injury that stops him from playing in 2017 are very low so they may as well use it.