A deal has been done! The Kansas City Chiefs inked safety Eric Berry to a long-term deal on Tuesday afternoon. The contract is for six years worth $78 million.
This was a deal that needed to be done and the KC Chiefs finally sprung into action before having to place the tag on Eric Berry again. It’s a great day for Chiefs Kingdom and for Eric Berry, who definitely deserved to be the highest paid safety in the NFL.
The news broke on Tuesday afternoon via Ian Rapoport on Twitter and it’s tough to be upset over this signing. Berry was placed on the franchise tag for the 2016 season and proved himself and now he’s being rewarded for it. Good for him!
Berry had 77 tackles in 2016 along with four interceptions. Two of those four interceptions were taken to the house on pick sixes, which won those respective games for Kansas City.
With this deal in place and the recent news of the extension granted to Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, it’s looking more and more likely that Dontari Poe will be walking into free agency with the ability to sign with whoever he wants.
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Poe isn’t worth what he would likely command on the open market, so the Chiefs made the right move here if that’s what ends up happening. Berry stepped up these past two seasons after having to sit out the last few games of 2014 due to being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Berry then came back and played lights out football in both 2015 and 2016. He’s an inspiration to not only Kansas City, but to everyone who enjoys football. Placing him on the franchise tag for a second straight season would have seemed like a dick move in my opinion.
This is a nice deal for the Kansas City Chiefs and for Eric Berry. He’ll be a member of the Chiefs through the 2022 season. Isn’t that grand?
We’re seeing more and more players want to stay or sign with Kansas City and be apart of this team. That’s not something that could have been said just a few years ago.
At the end of the day, this is a good signing. What do you think, Chiefs Kingdom? Are you psyched that Eric Berry is here to stay for another six years?