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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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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

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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

Free agent S Eric Berry had success playing at his college weight last season.

He got the idea from teammate Jamaal Charles. "That’s one thing Jamaal does, too, throughout the season—he cuts weight," said Berry. "While everybody is getting bulkier, he cuts weight and gets faster." Berry had the best year of his career after slimming down to 210 pounds, and plans to stay at that weight. There's a good chance the Chiefs use the franchise tag on Berry next week.
Feb 28 - 12:10 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey has met with free agent S Eric Berry's player rep "several times already," and the sides will meet again at the Combine.

Per's Conor Orr, Dorsey "sounds encouraged" about a deal. NFL Network's Rand Getlin reported Monday that the sides had made "no significant progress." If that remains the case before March 1, Berry will likely be slapped with the franchise tag.
Feb 25 - 1:23 PM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports there has been "no significant progress" in contract talks between the Chiefs and impending free agent S Eric Berry.

Berry is fully expected to remain in Kansas City, but the lack of progress could force the Chiefs to use the franchise tag to keep him off the open market. Kansas City has several other priority free agents including CB Sean Smith and NT Jaye Howard, and using the tag on Berry could severely limit their flexibility in those situations and free agency. The safety tag is expected to cost $10.6 million.
Feb 22 - 9:29 AM

Associated Press named Chiefs FS Eric Berry its 2015 Comeback Player of the Year.

Berry returned to an All-Pro level in 2015 after overcoming a cancer diagnosis. He played a major role in Kansas City’s seventh-ranked defense, grading positively in coverage and against the run while finishing as PFF’s No. 4 overall safety. Berry got 38 first-place votes, winning easily over Carson Palmer (6) and Adrian Peterson (6). An impending free agent, Berry will now push to be one of the highest paid safeties in the league.
Feb 6 - 8:41 PM

Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt said the team will "do everything we can" to re-sign impending free agent SS Eric Berry.

"Eric is somebody that’s very important to the franchise," Hunt said. "Coach (Andy) Reid and his staff think highly of him. They appreciate the leader that he’s become, and obviously personally, he had the amazing year overcoming cancer." Berry confirmed the two sides have opened contract negotiations, but he said the situation is in his "agent's hands." The Chiefs have six defensive starters set to become free agents, but Berry is clearly the top priority.
Feb 6 - 9:16 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs are "ramping up" contract talks with impending free agent SS Eric Berry.

Berry, 27, is one of the headliners of this year's free-agent crop, but he may not even make it there. If the Chiefs can't sign him to a long-term deal, it's very likely they'd use the franchise tag. Berry is Kansas City's top priority. An All-Pro talent, Berry has a case to be the league's highest-paid safety.
Feb 3 - 4:01 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey says he's had "various discussions" with free agent S Eric Berry's representation.

Dorsey expects the sides to continue talking. Berry would normally be a slam-dunk for the franchise tag, but the Chiefs also have Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali to take care of. Recovered from cancer, Berry was a 2015 first-team All-Pro.
Jan 21 - 2:28 PM

Impending free agent Eric Berry is open to re-signing with the Chiefs.

"Obviously, this is family," said Berry. "This is something special. Like I said, we’ll talk about it." Re-signing Berry would obviously be the Chiefs' preference, but Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali are also headed for free agency and it's going to be difficult to re-sign all three. Berry will be looking for a deal similar to the four-year, $40 million extension Earl Thomas signed with Seattle in 2014.
Jan 19 - 1:23 PM

Week 2 saw Eric Berry re-installed as a starting safety over Husain Abdullah.

Berry played 71-of-73 snaps against the Broncos, racking up four solo tackles, replacing Husain Abdullah in the Chiefs lineup. A former top-three fantasy defensive back, has the potential to be an IDP stud as a hybrid safety/linebacker. He's a solid DB2 this week as he works back to 100% fitness now he has been diagnosed cancer-free.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 05:15:00 AM

Coach Andy Reid expects Eric Berry to play in Saturday’s preseason game.

Berry was cleared for contact this week, playing mostly with the second team. He’ll likely see limited snaps in the preseason opener. When back at full strength, Berry should regain his starting job over Husain Abdullah.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 04:15:00 PM

Chiefs S Eric Berry (lymphoma) has mostly worked with the second stringers so far at training camp.

Although Berry "still seems to possess much of his trademark athleticism," he's being eased back into the mix slowly after being sidelined since November. Once back up to full strength, he shouldn't have a problem unseating Husain Abdullah for the starting free safety job.
Mon, Aug 10, 2015 07:16:00 AM

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