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While it was reported that Fisher would be signing a one-year deal—and that’s essentially what happened—there is a voidable year on the deal for 2022, which helps the Colts keep a bit more of salary-cap space, per Zak Keefer of The Athletic.
And the 30-year-old Fisher, who’s recovering from a torn Achilles and spoke to reporters Thursday for the first time, doesn’t sound like a player arriving in Indianapolis thinking he’ll be here for a few short months. (His contract is technically for two years but automatically voids in 2022, essentially making it a one-year deal.) If Fisher fully recovers from the injury and plays well down the stretch, he could be here for multiple seasons.
Fisher signed a one-year, $9.4 million deal with the Colts earlier this week. Depending on how much the signing bonus is for Fisher, the Colts could use this voidable year to help spread the cap hit over two years.
With some big extensions coming up for players like Darius Leonard, Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith, this is likely why the Colts felt the need to add the voidable year to the contract, which is a tool they don’t use too often.
Fisher likely won’t be ready for the start of the season due to an Achilles tear he suffered in January. However, the Colts are expecting some high-level play from the 30-year-old when he returns to protect Carson Wentz’s blindside.