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.

5 responses to “Eric Berry signs tender with Chiefs

  1. Love the guy, but an “in the box” safety simply isn’t worth top 5 money. Antonio Gates made a healthy living going against him twice a year. He’s a stud against the run, but very average in coverage.

  2. Men, we have just taken a gigantic step towards our annual goal of Wild Card Game. Now let’s get the hell out of here aND go grab us sum Taco Bell. I just luv me sum TB bacon burritos. Chiefs on 3!!!!

    Fat Andy

  3. As a lifelong Chiefs fan, I love and respect Berry for what he went through with lymphoma. Having said that, I think that the Chiefs should have spent the money to keep Sean Smith at corner. Because of Berry’s illness and what he went through, they were between a rock and a hard place. They did not want a negative fan reaction, but the smart move would have been Smith. Let Berry test free agency and see what happens. After Smith went to the Raiders, (yuck) the Chiefs were forced to look for CB help in the draft, spending picks that could have been used elsewhere.

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