Eric Berry signs tender with Chiefs

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The Chiefs said goodbye to eight players on Sunday, but it was the one arrival that made for the biggest news of the day.

Safety Eric Berry reported to the team and signed his franchise tender, ending an absence from the team that started when they used the franchise tag on him this offseason. Berry and the Chiefs couldn’t agree on a long-term contract before the July 15 deadline, leaving Berry to play out this year on the $10.8 million tender.

Coach Andy Reid said it is good to have Berry back in the fold and that the safety will spend the next two weeks getting into game shape.

“I’d probably lean against playing him on Thursday,” Reid said, via the team. “Just give him time within practice to get himself ready for the opener, but he’s in great shape. It’s just a matter of getting him into football shape.”

The Chiefs open their season at home against the Chargers on September 11 and Berry should be back in his customary place in the secondary come kickoff.