Eric Berry: “Not getting my hopes up” about long-term deal

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The deadline for teams to use the franchise tag comes this Wednesday and one player who would like to see the day pass without the tag being used is Chiefs safety Eric Berry.

Berry played out the 2016 season under the terms of the tag and is a candidate to get it again unless he and the team can agree to a deal before the March 1 deadline. There have been talks and Berry said Sunday, via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com, that his choice would be to sign a multi-year contract in the next few days, but he didn’t sound terribly optimistic that they’ll strike a deal.

“I’m just being patient because you never know…I’m not getting my hopes up,” Berry said.

Tagging Berry would set his salary at around $13 million, although he reiterated that his vow not to play out another year on the tag. A second tag for the safety would also leave them a little less than a week to talk about a contract with defensive tackle Dontari Poe before other teams can open up dialogue with the impending free agent as well.

36 responses to “Eric Berry: “Not getting my hopes up” about long-term deal

  1. He won them that game in Atlanta this year with a pick 6 and a pick for a 2 point conversion. He is a game changing safety and deserves to be the highest paid player at his position because that’s what his market will be outside of KC. Poe is an above average DT but he isn’t worth losing Berry.

  2. “I’m not getting my hopes up” doesn’t necessarily mean that a deal isn’t close. Could mean that Berry is a “it isn’t real until the ink is dry” kind of guy. My bet is that the deal gets done.

  3. jayniner says:
    Feb 26, 2017 7:37 PM

    C’mon over to the Niners my friend….We have lots of money to spend….
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    Nah, wrong shade of red.

  4. I think he definitely deserves to get the deal he wants,and not because of what he’s been through. This is a great player who has come up big for the Chiefs many times,and he’s a great leader. That’s half the battle on the field and in the locker room. I’m sure a lot of teams would love to have Eric Berry.

  5. The KC Mustards and Ketchups are such a stingy franchise. Berry will never get a ring with them. How many playoff games has KC won in the last 22 years? 2? Maybe 3?

  6. packmangamble says:
    Feb 26, 2017 7:26 PM
    So what’s wrong with playing for $13 million??

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    No job security is what’s wrong with it. That’s why players don’t want to play under the franchise tag, because it doesn’t provide job security

  7. taeh324 says:
    No job security is what’s wrong with it. That’s why players don’t want to play under the franchise tag, because it doesn’t provide job security
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    Players WANT job security. They are not ENTITLED to it, any more than you or I or any other worker in America is. The franchise tag is a part of the negotiated CBA. When Plan B free agency was first adopted in 1992 the players accepted the tag for one player on every team in exchange for all players becoming eligible for free agency a year earlier than the owners originally wanted. A handful of guys get tagged every year, while countless more become free agents and hit their second contract a year sooner. Those that do get tagged are highly rewarded for it. That’s the deal, whether they like it or not.

  8. So what’s wrong with playing for $13 million??

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    No job security is what’s wrong with it. That’s why players don’t want to play under the franchise tag, because it doesn’t provide job security
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    5% (max) of contracts in the NFL is ever played out to its fullest. Look how many players have axed already his offseason in the midst of their contracts.

  9. troubledoneswhobathe says:
    Gotta love it when KC does back flips about what a good person, great player, community kind of guy yet they wont pay him. Kansas City Cheaps!

    How I love silly comments like that. Eric Berry is a great player and he’ll eventually get paid, in Kansas City or perhaps eventually elsewhere. But just because a team publically says a player is “a good person, great player (and) community kind of guy ” doesn’t mean that team should blow up its salary cap for one player who’s not a franchise QB. The Chiefs have not played for an NFL title with Berry on the roster (not his fault), and clearly they need more help to get there. That has to be taken into consideration when a guy asks for the moon.

  10. jjb0811 says:
    Feb 26, 2017 8:29 PM
    So what’s wrong with playing for $13 million??

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    No job security is what’s wrong with it. That’s why players don’t want to play under the franchise tag, because it doesn’t provide job security
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    5% (max) of contracts in the NFL is ever played out to its fullest. Look how many players have axed already his offseason in the midst of their contracts.
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    Long-term contracts are sought, so they can negotiate higher amounts of guaranteed money than the one year franchise tag offers. Those players that got axed will get their guaranteed money if they haven’t gotten it already. And, when guaranteed money is still owed, particularly with the higher paid athletes, teams are less likely to cut them midway. That is job security in the NFL.

  11. ariani1985 says:
    Feb 26, 2017 8:15 PM
    Come to green Bay, we thrive at playoff failure!

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    Give it up son…..your Vikings are one of the biggest jokes in the entire NFL.

  12. So what’s wrong with playing for $13 million??
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    $13 million is LIFE security for anyone but football players.

  13. Berry is rotting in KC.
    The ultimate result is already decided when Alex Smith is your QB. Good, not great and ultimately a failure when it really counts.

  14. packmangamble says:
    Feb 26, 2017 7:26 PM
    So what’s wrong with playing for $13 million??

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    Absolutely nothing, but why play for $13 million guaranteed when you can get $20+ million?

    Eric Berry would sign a long term deal and the guaranteed value would certainly be way more than 13 million.

    Plus, no one likes to say it, but sometimes it’s not about (just) the money. The money isn’t a means to an ends like it is with most people. No one needs more money when they are making 1+million a year. It’s about being the highest paid safety. Being #1. It’s a sign of respect or a scorecard in the football world. The higher you are paid, the more the NFL world values you.

    So, when a player is relegated to the franchise tag, some of them look at it as a slap in the face because it’s a lot less money than they feel they are worth. (their production demands higher guaranteed dollars)

  15. Come to the browns Eric berry! The dawg pound would love you and we have the cap where we can afford to give you the contract you seek instead of the cheifs tagging you and waiting till u get injured so they can get u on a multi year deal waaaay cheaper the folowing year..screw all that noise we can pay you what you seek

  16. mackcarrington says:
    Feb 26, 2017 9:24 PM
    So what’s wrong with playing for $13 million??
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    $13 million is LIFE security for anyone but football players.

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    He’s already made $61 million from the chiefs ( who by the way continued to pay him while he was out receiving treatment for cancer not sure if he would ever play again or love). It would be rough if he was franchised and made another $13 million guareented.

  17. Berry will turn 29 this year and in his prime. If he was two years younger he would get a long term deal easily. A long term deal now, could potentially commit a team to him well past his prime. John Dorsey doesn’t do that.

  18. Unless he’s asking for a truly outrageous amount or duration, I don’t get why the Chiefs wouldn’t make this deal happen. If they’re worried about his age, they should have made this deal last year. Every year they wait, it gets worse for them.

    Sign Berry, tag Poe, maybe draft a QB, keep it going.

  19. abqhawk says:
    Feb 26, 2017 7:49 PM

    jayniner says:
    Feb 26, 2017 7:37 PM

    C’mon over to the Niners my friend….We have lots of money to spend….
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    Nah, wrong shade of red.

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    Wishful thinking my friend….wishful thinking. Everyone knows we can desperately use someone like him.

  20. No way Clark Hunt lets Berry get out of town. Chiefs are negotiating hard so is his agent. a deal will get done and Chiefs will franchise Poe, done deal

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