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Eric Berry | Defensive Back | #29

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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 re-signed SS Eric Berry to a six-year, $78 million contract.
Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal contains $40 million guaranteed, including a $20 million signing bonus. The NFL's premier man-coverage safety against tight ends, Berry is also a ballhawk on the back end and dominant run stopper in the alley. He matched a career high with four interceptions last season -- including two pick sixes -- and earned Pro Football Focus' No. 11 run-defense grade among 91 qualified safeties. Berry is 28 years old. The Chiefs now have Berry under control through his age-33 season. Feb 28 - 1:31 PM

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Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Chiefs and impending free agent SS Eric Berry are "very close" on a six-year deal worth $13 million per season.

The Chiefs are making a "strong push" to lock up Berry before Wednesday's franchise tag deadline, and it looks like they are going to get the deal done. The reported annual figure will make Berry the highest-paid safety in the league. Getting Berry's deal done before the deadline will allow the Chiefs to tag NT Dontari Poe if they so choose.
Feb 28 - 12:20 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs are making a "strong push" to re-sign impending free agent SS Eric Berry before Wednesday's franchise tag deadline.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the two sides are working to make Berry the highest-paid safety in the league, an honor currently held by Tyrann Mathieu at just over $12.5 million a year. The Chiefs are expected to tag Berry if they cannot reach a long-term agreement, but they would certainly like to avoid that outcome considering the All-Pro has on multiple occasions said he will not play another season under the tag. Locking up Berry would also allow Kansas City to use the tag on one of their other free agents, likely NT Dontari Poe.
Feb 27 - 6:50 PM

Free agent SS Eric Berry maintains he'll sit out the 2017 season if forced to play under the franchise tag.

"No I haven’t," was Berry's response when asked if he's changed his mind. "I still stand firm on that." Berry is fully expected to be tagged before Wednesday's deadline, giving the sides 4.5 months to work out a long-term contract.
Feb 27 - 3:16 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports that unless something changes before Wednesday's deadline, the Chiefs are expected to franchise tag SS Eric Berry and let free agent NT Dontari Poe reach the market.

This scenario won't please Berry, who's stated several times that he plans to sit out the 2017 season if franchised for the second year in a row. The Chiefs have several key free agents and can't afford to not tag one. Berry is the All Pro and superior player, but Poe will find a healthy market.
Feb 27 - 9:39 AM

Free agent SS Eric Berry expressed pessimism Sunday that he will be able to work out a long-term contract with the Chiefs ahead of Wednesday's franchise-tag deadline.

Berry is almost certainly going to be tagged, but he reiterated that he would rather sit out the season than spend another season on the one-year tender. "I still stand by that," he said. "I'm just being patient because you never know. I'm not getting my hopes up (for a long-term deal)." The Chiefs can use the tag as a bridge toward more contract discussions into the summer.
Feb 26 - 6:30 PM

The player rep for free agent SS Eric Berry refuted Chiefs GM John Dorsey's claim that contract talks have been "positive."

Agent Chad Speck said "we've got a long ways to go." Berry has threatened to sit out if the Chiefs give him the franchise tag again. While we still fully expect Berry to stay in Kansas City, a hometown discount sounds unlikely.
Feb 9 - 9:38 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey says the team has had "positive conversations" with free agent Eric Berry.

Specifically, Berry's agent. Berry has made it known in no uncertain terms that he will not play under the franchise tag again in 2017, going as far as to say he will sit out the season. The Chiefs, meanwhile, have gone to great pains to insist they want to lock him up. A deal should get done before the start of free agency on March 9.
Feb 9 - 2:18 PM

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said he "absolutely" wants impending free agent Eric Berry to re-sign.

"The person he is, the football player he is, the leader," Hunt said. "His role for the team in 2016, what he meant to the team and the leadership he provided, we certainly want Eric back." Berry has said he will not play under the franchise tag again in 2017, so the Chiefs will need to open the checkbook to keep him in town. With limited cap space and NT Dontari Poe also headed for free agency, the Chiefs will have some tough decisions to make this spring.
Feb 4 - 1:03 PM

Free agent Eric Berry says he's prepared to sit the 2017 season out if franchise tagged.

"I’m out, I’m out," was Berry's response when asked what he'll do if tagged for the second straight year. "I’m just prepared mentally and emotionally to do what I need to do." In the event of a tag, this is essentially Berry's only leverage play, as the deadline for long-term talks is July 15. Berry did say the sides are ahead of where they were last year, and are already talking. Here's guessing we'll see Berry on the football field in 2017.
Feb 2 - 6:37 PM

Free agent Eric Berry says he will hold out if he's franchise tagged for the second consecutive year.

Berry has made his intentions known in no uncertain terms. Berry sat out last year, as well, but reported in the dying days of camp. Tagged players have essentially zero leverage after the July 15 deadline to reach a long-term deal. Berry's only solution would be holding out for 10 games and then reporting for the final six so his contract does not toll over to 2018.
Feb 2 - 4:37 PM

Free agent Eric Berry says he won't play under the franchise tag again in 2017.

"Definitely not" was Berry's response when asked. Berry wasn't happy about the tag last year, either, sitting out nearly all of training camp. The 28-year-old cancer survivor responded with another All-Pro campaign. The Chiefs need to get Berry taken care of before the start of free agency.
Feb 2 - 3:32 PM

Impending free agent Eric Berry said he'd like to re-sign with the Chiefs.

"I hope so," he said. "I think my agent had a conversation yesterday or something. It's early." It's encouraging that the sides have already opened a dialogue, but only the Jets and Cowboys have less cap room than Kansas City. Even for a stud like Berry, another franchise tag would be a tough pill for the Chiefs to swallow.
Jan 25 - 4:23 PM

Eric Berry exited Week 17 against the Chargers with a heel injury.

Berry is officially questionable to return and likely would if the game were in doubt, but he looks done for the day standing on the sidelines. With the Chiefs heading toward a first-round bye, he should be good to go for the playoffs.
Jan 1 - 6:55 PM

Chiefs SS Eric Berry (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.

Berry exited Week 2 with some swelling in his knee. The missed practice isn't a major concern. Berry should be fine for Sunday's game against Jets.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 05:55:00 PM

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