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John Dorsey: Franchise tag nice to have in your pocket

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Derrick Johnson #56 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks on the field during the second half of a game agains the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Chiefs have several impending free agents on a defense that helped them advance to the divisional round of the playoffs, including linebacker Derrick Johnson and safety Eric Berry.

Speaking from the Combine on Thursday, General Manager John Dorsey said that he’s been talking with agents for both of those players and that he plans to speak to Berry’s agent again this week in Indianapolis. When talking about Johnson, Dorsey said that the team isn’t going to let good players get away, which suggested that the franchise tag could be in play since that’s the best way the team can assure that things will play out that way.

Dorsey didn’t rule it out.

“I’ve used the franchise tag in the past and it’s not out of the possibility that I could use it again,” Dorsey said. “It all depends on how certain things go in the process, but you always want to have something in your pocket and I can use that.”

Using the tag on Berry would be about $3.5 million cheaper than using it on Johnson because the league doesn’t split up inside and outside linebackers when determining tag values.

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5 Responses to “John Dorsey: Franchise tag nice to have in your pocket”
  1. bigdawg24 says: Feb 25, 2016 2:12 PM

    Chiefs can let Derrick Johnson go and replace him with a younger James Laurinaitis ? I would sure hate to see D.J. go, as Eric Berry. But the Chiefs shouldn’t overpay them. Chiefs are getting some dead cap space back this year, they need a #2 WR desperately.

  2. kcflake says: Feb 25, 2016 2:31 PM

    We gotta keep DJ. I like Berry, but he will take a lot of money and his coverage skills aren’t great.

  3. justintuckrule says: Feb 25, 2016 2:42 PM

    Please don’t tag Berry. We’ll sign him at 12:00: .0000000001 if you dont’

  4. gjp2030 says: Feb 25, 2016 3:17 PM

    makes sense to tag DJ. Yeah it’s a huge hit for the year but you can’t sign a guy that old to a long term deal.

  5. kcnative says: Feb 26, 2016 1:24 PM

    Franchising Berry would do more for sustaining long-term success, and the number for safeties isn’t outrageous.

    DJ is not going anywhere.

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