Eric Berry inked a monster deal with the Chiefs (six-years, $60 million) to become the highest-paid safety in the NFL.
It's a reasonable concern that the money could go to his head. However, it didn't. Berry showed up to Chiefs training camp, and his first move was to apologize to his teammates for being a day late.
“I told them that I’m here and I’m ready to do whatever to help this organization get to where it needs to be,” Berry said. “(An on-time camp arrival) would have been a great statement to my teammates to show them how dedicated I am to the team.
“Yesterday was the first practice I missed in my whole life. It did hurt me so. But I’m excited to be here now and I’m ready to get to work and do whatever coach Haley asks of me.”
Berry also did the opposite of Dez Bryant, grabbing a hold of TWO teammates' pads after the practice and hauling them up the hill to the locker room.
None of that means that Berry's guaranteed to get enshrined in Canton immediately, but it is a pretty good start to his stint in KC, and it's indicative of a personality that made him such an attractive pick for the Chiefs, even though he's a safety and it was the fifth overall selection.
Of course, his talent level doesn't really hurt things either.
-- Will Brinson
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