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Eric Berry | Defensive Back | #29

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/29/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 212
College: Tennessee
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (5) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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Chiefs unsigned franchise player Eric Berry was absent for the start of training camp on Friday.
As expected. After failing to reach a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline for franchise players, Berry is now poised to stage a lengthy holdout that could last well into training camp. Because he hasn't signed his franchise tender yet, Berry can skip all of training camp and arrive for Week 1 without facing a fine. Jul 29 - 6:00 PM

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chiefs unsigned franchise player Eric Berry is expected to skip most of the preseason.

Because Berry has yet to sign his one-year, $10.8 million tender, he could theoretically skip all of camp and the preseason, sign the tag right before Week 1, and collect his full 2016 salary. The Chiefs were never even close to signing Berry long term ahead of the July 15 deadline. The Chiefs are also expected to open the season without franchise pass rusher Justin Houston (ACL).
Jul 27 - 8:43 PM's Ian Rapoport reports unsigned Chiefs franchise player Eric Berry won't report for the start of training camp.

It's a symbolic gesture, as the sides can't negotiate until after the season. Berry might be trying to lessen his injury odds, but holdouts are often prone to soft-tissue ailments. He could also be angling for 2017 concessions (I.E., not another franchise tag). We'd imagine Berry won't wait too long before signing his $10.8 million tender.
Jul 26 - 3:04 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey released a statement saying the team "look(s) forward to resuming" contract negotiations with SS Eric Berry after the season.

Kansas City and Berry were unable to hammer out a long-term deal before the franchise-tag deadline, but the Chiefs will retry after the season. With the two sides reportedly "miles apart," it is not a given they work something out before 2017 free agency. Berry will make $10.8 million on his one-year tag.
Jul 16 - 11:12 AM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin confirms the Chiefs and franchise player Eric Berry will not reach a long-term deal before Friday's deadline.

Getlin said the sides were "miles apart." Berry was reportedly seeking a deal similar to the five-year, $51.25 million pact signed by Vikings S Harrison Smith earlier this offseason. Apparently that wasn't in the Chiefs' budget. The 2015 Comeback Player of the Year and first-team All-Pro is now slated for free agency next winter. Berry will play under the $10.8 million franchise tag in 2016.
Jul 15 - 2:45 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Chiefs and franchise player Eric Berry are "highly unlikely" to agree to a deal before Friday afternoon's deadline.

It's similar to what NFL Network's Rand Getlin reported Thursday. There's still about four hours for the sides to close the gap, but it sounds like that gap is pretty wide. Berry is likely to play out 2016 on the $10.8 million tag.
Jul 15 - 12:16 PM's Rand Getlin reports the Chiefs and franchise player Eric Berry remain unlikely to agree on an extension before Friday's deadline.

Per Getlin, the sides made "very little" progress on Thursday. Berry is headed into his seventh NFL season, but is still only 27. He'll get paid if he hits the open market next spring.
Jul 14 - 11:48 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs have not "ruled out" reaching a long-term agreement with franchise-tagged S Eric Berry before Friday's deadline.

Rand Getlin reported Wednesday a deal is unlikely, and Rapoport concedes the two sides are not close. Still, deadlines spur action, and it is possible the two sides get something done on Friday. Berry would earn $10.81 million this season under the terms of the tag.
Jul 14 - 11:37 AM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports the Chiefs are unlikely to extend franchise-tagged S Eric Berry before the July 15 deadline.

The Chiefs haven't made much progress with Berry over the last week. It sounds like they're prepared to let him play out this year at his $10.81 million tender. Berry is seeking a deal in the range of Harrison Smith's five-year, $51.25M extension, but might have to wait until next offseason.
Jul 13 - 5:32 PM

MMQB's Emily Kaplan expects the Chiefs to work out a long-term deal with franchise-tagged S Eric Berry by the July 15 deadline.

Berry said he was surprised by the lack of progress last week, but these deals routinely go down to the wire. Kaplan thinks the Chiefs will take it to the last minute, but ultimately she expects a deal to get done. Harrison Smith's five-year, $51.25 million extension is likely the starting point for negotiations.
Source: MMQB
Jul 12 - 10:04 AM

Franchise-tagged S Eric Berry said he and the Chiefs have not made much progress in contract negotiations.

"I thought it would progress a little bit more," Berry said. "But it’s still been pretty much the same since the last time we talked." The All-Pro added, "A lot can change in a week," but these are not promising comments with just seven days until the deadline for a long-term deal. Berry is likely looking to land in the same range as Harrison Smith's five-year, $51.25 million extension.
Jul 9 - 9:13 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler believes Chiefs franchise-tagged S Eric Berry has a "reasonable chance" to become the highest-paid safety.

Berry is deserving of a top contract after coming back strong from a cancer fight last season, but his health history makes any long-term contract complicated. GM John Dorsey has already said negotiations with Berry will be a "slow process," making it unlikely anything happens before the July 15 deadline. Harrison Smith is currently the highest-paid safety after signing a five-year, $51.25 million extension this month.
Jun 21 - 12:20 PM

Franchise-tagged Chiefs S Eric Berry is skipping mandatory minicamp.

It's only mandatory if you're under contract, which Berry is not. The sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal.
Jun 14 - 2:43 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey said negotiations with franchise-tagged S Eric Berry will be a "slow process."

"It’s gonna be kinda like Justin [Houston] last year," Dorsey added. Houston did not sign his six-year deal until deadline day last summer, and Berry's health history could make his deal even more complex. The two sides should reach an agreement by the July 15 deadline, but it may go down to the wire.
May 12 - 10:13 AM

Chiefs assigned the franchise tag to S Eric Berry.

The no-brainer move locks Berry in at $10.806 million, and gives the sides over four months to reach a long-term agreement. With his 2014 wiped out by a cancer diagnosis, Berry returned with a vengeance last season, playing all 16 games en route to first-team All Pro status. Berry was also an All Pro in 2013. One of the league's best players, Berry turned 27 in December.
Mar 1 - 2:11 PM

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