28 Feb 2017
The long-running battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and Eric Berry has ended with a victory for Berry. With the franchise tag deadline approaching, the Chiefs and Berry agreed to terms on a deal Ian Rapoport is reporting to be for $78 million over six years, including a $20 million signing bonus and $40 million in total guarantees.
The two sides were in a virtual stalemate that resulted in the tag being placed on Berry last year, and for a simple reason: the Chiefs were negotiating based on the strong safety market, headlined by Kam Chancellor at $7 million APY (average per year) or maybe Mark Barron at $9 million APY, while Berry and his agents were looking at the $10.6 million he got last year and the $13 million or so he would have received under a tag this year as the baseline for a deal. At the reported $13 million APY, we know which side's argument did more to carry the day as John Dorsey decided he couldn't let him walk this offseason or the next.
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Even in what looks like an historically great class of running back prospects, LSU's Leonard Fournette comes out on top. The depth of quality options, though, makes it clear: 2017 is a great year to draft a runner.