KC Chiefs news focuses on a recent position of strength that may turn into a weakness: Safety.
The Chiefs have gotten very good play out of their safeties. Eric Berry, Tyvon Branch, and Husain Abdullah are all entering free agencies and the Chiefs currently have cap room of roughly 32 million dollars.
They may be able to find some more cap room by renegotiating contracts with players like Alex Smith or Justin Houston, but Berry will likely eat a big chuck of cap space if they’re able to re-sign him.
Eric Berry embodies everything that Kansas City sports has become known for over the last 24 months. When he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last season, many thought it would be the end of his career.
There were a lot of questions as to what his ability would be when he returned to the field if he’d be able to at all. In true, ‘never say die’ Kansas City spirit, Berry roared back onto the scene and earned the Comeback Player of the Year.
Kansas City already signed a legend this off-season although that legend wears blue and white as opposed to red and yellow. Will the Chiefs follow suit and wrap up another fan favorite in Eric Berry?
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If they don’t manage to sign him they could always turn to Abullah or Branch, but neither play the position as well as Berry. There are also some options in the draft, but again, losing Berry would hurt the team at what has been a position of strength.
See what the rest of Fansided.com has to say about Eric Berry and the Chiefs:
Chiefs Can Go Many Different Ways In The Draft [Leigh Oleszczak: KC Kingdom]
Chiefs Might Feel Pain At Safety Spot [John McCarty: Arrowhead Addict]
If the Chiefs want to address safety depth/starter in the draft, there are plenty of options, though likely few names in the first round. A few names to keep an eye on.
- Darian Thompson, Boise State (6-foot-2/210)
- Jeremy Cash, Duke (6 foot-1/208)
- Vonn Bell, Ohio State (5-foot-11/205)
K.C. Chiefs Have Unfinished Business [Laddie Morse: Arrowhead Addict]
Five Most Disappointing Players In 2015 [Leigh Oleszczak: KC Kingdom]
What the rest of the web is saying about the KC Chiefs:
Eric Berry named PFWS’a Comeback Player Of The Year [Matt Conner: Arrowhead Pride]
A Look At The Chiefs Top Free-Agents [Perez A. Taylor: KC Star]
If the Chiefs want to maintain their status as a suffocating defense, then the safety position is going to have to play a big role in that. Eric Berry is the best option, but the money it might take to sign him may force the Chiefs to look elsewhere. This is where the proverbial rubber meets the road in sports. Sometimes the prudent thing to do and the thing you want to do aren’t always the same.
So what do you think Chiefs Fans? Will the KC Chiefs lock up Eric Berry? If they do, what will it cost to keep him? Who are your cap casualty nominees for the 2016 season? Is there a free-agent safety you’d like to see brought in? Let’s discuss in the comments section below.