Over the years, we’ve seen players with franchise tags remain unsigned throughout the offseason only to see talks about a multi-year deal catch fire just before the July 15 deadline to sign one.
That’s how things played out for the Chiefs and linebacker Justin Houston last season. Houston wound up signing on six-year deal with the team on deadline day, which means that the team knows the path that they are walking down again with safety Eric Berry this year.
General Manager John Dorsey said on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt that he expects things to play out pretty much the same way this time.
“This is going to be a slow process with Eric,” Dorsey said. “It’s gonna be kinda like Justin last year.”
Berry returned from his 2014 cancer diagnosis to resume his spot among the top safeties in the league during the 2015 season. Based on what the others in that group are making, he would seem to be in line for a deal in the neighborhood a bit north of $10 million a year.