Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

28 Feb 2017

Chiefs Re-sign Eric Berry, Blow Away SS Market

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.

Posted by: Tom Gower on 28 Feb 2017

9 comments, Last at 02 Mar 2017, 11:51am by barf


by coltrane23 :: Tue, 02/28/2017 - 4:19pm

Good for Eric Berry. Get all the money you can while you can. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure this means that Kam Chancellor will be playing elsewhere in 2018. I don't see this FO giving him that kind of money, given the mileage he's accumulated.

by Raiderjoe :: Tue, 02/28/2017 - 4:21pm

Berry good. 1st tema all league selection to official Raiderjoe 2016 all league tema

by MC2 :: Tue, 02/28/2017 - 4:44pm

Well deserved. Berry is not only a great player, but he seems like a pretty good guy, too. I'm happy for him.

by barf :: Tue, 02/28/2017 - 4:46pm

There should be another headline as well as this one - the Chiefs just released Jamaal Charles, their all-time leader in rushing yards and the NFL all-time leader in yards per attempt (5.5 ypa).

As a Chiefs fan, sad to see him go, but they must have needed the cap space to sign Berry to this deal. Hope he ends up someplace other than the AFC West, Green Bay or Philly would be a great fit for his skills, if he's got anything left in the tank.

by Tomlin_Is_Infallible :: Tue, 02/28/2017 - 6:24pm

he can come play in the Burgh for a min deal like DW3.

The standard is the standard!

by MilkmanDanimal :: Tue, 02/28/2017 - 5:51pm

The cap has gone up a bunch, but, wow, lots of money for a safety, even one as good as Berry.

I feel much better about Jamaal Charles' future prospects in the NFL than I do about Adrian Peterson's. And I don't feel particularly good about Charles' future at all.

by serutan :: Wed, 03/01/2017 - 3:43pm

Given that Peterson was looking like he was falling down the cliff even before
his injury, I would agree.
Was wr

by BroncosGuyAgain :: Wed, 03/01/2017 - 8:58pm

The bigger domino is letting Dontari Poe walk.

And good for Eric Berry. A terrific player whom I really enjoy watching.

by barf :: Thu, 03/02/2017 - 11:51am

Re-signing Berry is a good move. He's in his prime right now and provides valuable veteran leadership to a youngish group of defensive players.