Eric Berry hopes to stay in K.C., agent has spoken to Chiefs

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The Chiefs used the franchise tag to hold onto safety Eric Berry for the 2016 season, which means that Berry is again headed toward possible free agency this offseason.

That can change if he and the team can agree on a long-term deal, something Berry said he’d like to see happen and is already under discussion.

“I hope so,” Berry said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. “I think my agent had a conversation yesterday or something. It’s early.”

The Chiefs could use a second franchise tag on Berry to keep him off the market and extend the time to talk about a longer deal. That would cost them just under $13 million, but could be problematic on another front.

Defensive tackle Dontari Poe is also set to be a free agent, so tagging Berry would mean they’d have to come to a long-term agreement with Poe to ensure he doesn’t hit the open market. The Chiefs are also projected to have under $5 million in cap space, which is something they can work around through other moves — dropping Nick Foles and Jamaal Charles would give them nearly $17 million more in cap space — but it’s clear Kansas City has some decisions to make with a pair of defensive stalwarts out of contract.

19 responses to “Eric Berry hopes to stay in K.C., agent has spoken to Chiefs

  1. What very few people talk about is that Poe wasn’t all that dominant this year. Credit him for playing through back pain though.

  2. Charles is coming back, bet on it.

    I say Berry gets signed for sure, and Poe will to, though his deal will be the last one done.

    Foles is not get 10M as a backup. I wonder if the brass is pondering a switch to Tony Romo. The offense needs more firepower, though I sure do appreciate #11.

    I had a chance meeting with Berry’s folks on the plaza after the Bronco game; delightful people, just perfect. KC is not letting him leave town. Pioli got that one right.

  3. Come get that Redskins $$$$ … Gonna have a lot to spend and oh look we need a Safety… Berry w/ Cravens would be a nice combination!

  4. Better check your math. Chiefs have 5+M$ in carry over from this past season on top of the projected 4.8M in space they already have. Not to mention pretty easy cuts and renegotiations for 20M more if they need it. Also dont be shocked if Poe isn’t retained(hasnt been the same since his back injury) or if they let Jaye Howard(4M$ in savings) walk with the emergence of Chris Jones.

  5. Berry will get re-signed. Poe hasn’t been the same since ’14 he will not be back. They will go after upgrades @ ILB n QB in the draft along with Dline depth. Quick! Hurry! Someone pick up those Facts I just dropped…

  6. jjfootball says:
    Jan 25, 2017 7:10 PM
    I guess if he chooses to play for a loser, that’s his right!
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    Exactly!! Which is why he chooses not to play for your team.

  7. gbatap says:
    Jan 25, 2017 8:51 PM
    Better check your math. Chiefs have 5+M$ in carry over from this past season on top of the projected 4.8M in space they already have. Not to mention pretty easy cuts and renegotiations for 20M more if they need it. Also dont be shocked if Poe isn’t retained(hasnt been the same since his back injury) or if they let Jaye Howard(4M$ in savings) walk with the emergence of Chris Jones.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Dominant nose tackles don’t grow on trees. He’s been playing through pain, and hasn’t been as effective recently, but he’s going to heal and get back to top level play. It would be insane to let him walk.

    Berry is an emotional leader and quality player.

    Kansas City is going to need to lock both up.

  8. Oaklands taking over… Child please! You must’ve missed the broom KC took out for Oakland, along with the rest of the AFC West…

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