Rumors have been running rampant about the Kansas City Chiefs trading Pro Bowl Safety Eric Berry on draft day. I say it is next to impossible that this actually happens. Eric Galko from Optimusscouting.com and Terez Paylor from the Kansas City Star took to twitter to add to the intrigue.
One thing to keep in mind about a Berry trade: #Chiefs GM John Dorsey told me Friday that there are a lot of good box safeties in this draft
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) May 5, 2014
How surprised would you be if the #Chiefs traded Safety Eric Berry on draft day?
— Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting) May 5, 2014
There is one scenario however that I could justify the Chiefs trading Berry and it involves a team just East of Kansas City that the Chiefs also happen to share a State with. I’m talking about the St. Louis Rams and here is why I think it should be the only way the Chiefs actually trade Berry.
The St. Louis Rams currently have the 2nd and 13th pick in the first round of the draft and have a need at safety. They have been consistently mocked as taking a safety with one of their first round selections.
I don’t think anyone would argue that neither Clinton-Dix or Pryor are expected to be anywhere near as good as Eric Berry. Therefore the St. Louis Rams should trade both the 2nd and 13th pick in the first round to the Kansas City Chiefs for Eric Berry and the Chiefs 23rd pick in the first round.
The St. Louis Rams get a proven All Pro safety in Berry and still have a first round pick. The Rams could essentially walk away from the first day of the draft having added Eric Berry and a starting caliber wide receiver. They would be swapping Sammy Watkins and Clinton-Dix for Eric Berry and Beckham, Brandin Cooks, or Marqise Lee.
The Kansas City Chiefs could then select Sammy Watkins and Clinton-Dix with both of the first round selections they received from the Rams and they get Berry’s contract off the books and can focus on an Alex Smith contract extension and resigning Justin Houston next year.
The Chiefs could also trade back from the 2nd pick and acquire more picks including a 2nd round pick which they currently don’t have but first things first they would have to deal Berry.
The talk of trading Eric Berry does scare me because with it being so close to the draft it seems like the Chiefs front office is trying to get it out there so they don’t completely blind side fans on draft day when/if it happens.
Eric Berry is my second favorite player on the Chiefs behind Derrick Johnson and I fear that the Chiefs will trade him for much less than I believe he is worth.
They don’t pay me to make those decisions though so we will know in just a few days how everything unfolds but until then, I will be waiting anxiously as I am sure many of you will be.
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Go Chiefs! (but please don’t go Berry)