Berry signed a six-year, $78 million deal with the Chiefs on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The contract includes $40 million in guaranteed money and a $20 million signing bonus, making Berry the highest paid safety in the NFL. The five-time Pro Bowler recorded 77 tackles in 2016 and picked off four passes, two of them for touchdowns. Berry is undoubtedly one of the leaders of Kansas City's defense and the deal will keep him in that role for the foreseeable future. The fact that he did not require a franchise tag also gives the Chiefs an opportunity to place a tag on defensive tackle Dontari Poe, which would keep him in Kansas City for the 2017 season.
Berry is expected to receive the Chiefs' franchise tag unless he and the team reach agreement on a long-term deal prior to Wednesday's deadline, ESPN's Ed Werder reports. Berry and defensive tackle Dontari Poe are both in search of long-term contracts to remain in Kansas City, but unless either one of them unexpectedly secures such a deal, it's anticipated that Berry will be designated as the Chiefs' franchise player for a second straight season. After holding out during training camp last year, Berry has made it clear that he'll refuse to play under the tag in 2017, which, barring an unforeseen development in the next couple days, figures to result in another standoff between the Chiefs and their five-time Pro Bowler this offseason.
Berry will "definitely not" play under the franchise tag in 2017, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Berry earned $10.8 million this season while playing under Kansas City's franchise tag, but that only came after he reported late for training camp in the wake of an unsuccessful attempt to secure a long-term contract. Despite a delayed start to his 2016 campaign, Berry still finished with 77 tackles (62 solo), four interceptions and two defensive touchdowns, earning his fifth Pro-Bowl selection along the way. At 28 years old, Berry is a vital cog in the Chiefs defense and hopes to finish his career in Kansas City, but he'll only return if a long-term agreement is reached.
Berry finished 2016 with 77 tackles (62 solo), four interceptions (two touchdowns) and one forced fumble. Berry continues to play at an elite level at the safety position, but enters the offseason with his contract expiring after playing 2016 on the Chiefs' franchise tag. He held out much of camp, but was ultimately unable to reach a multi-year deal with the club. Given his invaluable play for a second straight season, Kansas City may need to pony up a hefty sum to keep his services in the secondary moving forward. Should the two sides fail to reach an agreement again, the franchise tag likely wouldn't be off the table again.
Berry (Achilles) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. Berry injured his Achilles in Week 17's win over the Chargers, but after getting the past week off to rest, the safety returned to the practice field as a full participant. He will be a full-go for Sunday's tilt with the Steelers, bolstering the Chiefs' secondary.