Eric Berry was expecting more progress on contract talks

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The Chiefs and safety Eric Berry are less than a week away from the July 15 deadline to come to an agreement on a long-term contract. And Berry would have hoped to be closer to a deal right now.

Berry, who so far has declined to sign the one-year, $10.8 million franchise tender, told the Kansas City Star that he’s surprised there hasn’t been more movement in contract talks.

I thought it would progress a little bit more,” Berry said. “But it’s still been pretty much the same since the last time we talked. A lot can change in a week. A lot can change for whenever the deadline is.”

Although Berry hopes to remain in Kansas City beyond 2016, right now he doesn’t have the contract that would give him confidence that will happen.

“Obviously I’d love to be a Chief — I want to be a Chief long term, just because of the community, the staff, from top to bottom, the players and everything,” Berry said. “But sometimes things don’t go as planned, and I’m prepared for that, but hopefully it goes as planned, and I’m prepared for that, as well.”

Berry is both one of the best stories in the NFL (having come back from a cancer diagnosis to become a first-team All-Pro last year) and one of the best safeties in the NFL. He’s hoping the Chiefs will pay him accordingly, not just this year but for many more years.

19 responses to “Eric Berry was expecting more progress on contract talks

  1. Hard to imagine the work he put himself through to get in that kind of shape after his cancer treatments. I didn’t think it was possible. I’m sure I’d settle for a soft bed, some jello, and call it a day.

  2. Raider fan here, PAY THAT MAN! He is everything that’s right with athletes!

    Great player and as was said above, a a better person…

  3. The NFL is a cold, ruthless business comprised of 32 heartless corporate entities. So I’m not at all surprised when a team during contract negotiations fails to consider hard work or loyalty by a player but instead uses his medical condition as leverage against him which is what I think is what’s probably happening here with Eric Berry.

    Of course as a fan of a division rival I detest the Chiefs, but the reality is that any of the other 31 teams would also take this same hard-line approach.

  4. Chiefs will get it done. The whole organization and community loves Eric.

    Chiefs are super Bowl bound this season, and they will have Eric Berry signed long term.

    Kansas City Chiefs = the classiest organization in the league

  5. berry is a really good player, but i question his mental strength and moral character. so if i was the cheifs gm i wouldnt give him any thing beyond a stipend of a few $$ to get him thorugh the week.

  6. The franchise tag is often a death blow to the relationship between player and team, no matter how much each side talks about how much they value each other.
    Business is just that, but when the team drops the hammer to restrict the bargaining power to negotiate, it is hard to not take personally.
    Everyone knows the shelf life of these careers are short, dragging out a deal with no option to seek another must be tough to take despite the huge money these tags are worth.

  7. then accept less money if you expect things to go faster

    do players not know there’s a salary cap er something?

  8. HOFer Walter Jones signed franchise tag 2-3 years in a row and would just show up to camp a couple weeks before season started and flat out grate. I understand why players want more up front(signing bonus and a year or 2 guaranteed) but a huge shout out to the all time superstars who weren’t scared about injuries or talent dropping off.

  9. araidersfan says:
    Jul 9, 2016 12:12 PM
    The NFL is a cold, ruthless business comprised of 32 heartless corporate entities. So I’m not at all surprised when a team during contract negotiations fails to consider hard work or loyalty by a player but instead uses his medical condition as leverage against him which is what I think is what’s probably happening here with Eric Berry.

    Of course as a fan of a division rival I detest the Chiefs, but the reality is that any of the other 31 teams would also take this same hard-line approach.

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    KC wasn’t necessarily cold or ruthless, they could’ve when he got cancer last year and taken a good chunk of his salary but let him keep it. Of course one could argue KC did it for PR.

    That said I think paying him 11mil+ would be a blow to the team as good as he is. I hope Dorsey stick to his guns and they get something below 10mil annually. If not tough luck, I love Berry and he can go capitalize on some other schmucks willing to pay that much.

  10. Berry is a great player, but u don’t want my chiefs to break the bank for a safety. Too much $$$ for a safety can kill yhe salary cap.

  11. Leave that craphole of a team, Eric. They don’t take care of their own.

  12. $11 million per year on a box safety is ridiculous. The guy isn’t a cover safety, he rarely makes an interception and the weakest part of his game is the passing game.

    I’d let him play under the Franchise Tag this year and draft his replacement in 2017.

  13. He’s a good player, but not worth the coin he’s asking for & seriously dude you just got over cancer. They’d be crazy to give him a long term deal.

  14. Leave that craphole of a team, Eric. They don’t take care of their own.

    If you want to see a craphole team, just look at the one you root for joe.

  15. Can he even play this year if he doesn’t sign the tender? The franchise tag is there for a reason.

    Let’s be clear…it pays top salary for a year. Top salary.

    Forgive me if I don’t feel bad for a man who is one of the highest paid safeties in the league this year. OH the torture.

  16. “Chiefs are super Bowl bound this season, and they will have Eric Berry signed long term.”
    You think Alex “Captain Checkdown”‘ Smith can Dilfer that team to a Super Bowl minus Justin Houston? With brain farting Reid still “managing” the clock? Riiight…

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