Chiefs' Eric Berry: Sits out Monday's practice with heel injury
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Berry (heel) did not practice Monday, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Although the injury is taking longer to fully heal than expected, the good news is that Berry still figures to be a full go for Week 1. The Chiefs seem more concerned with his health than rushing him back onto the field, which is rather expected. Berry likely won't play much in the preseason anyway, so we'll just have to monitor how he holds up in practice before drawing any conclusions about his regular-season readiness.
Berry missed practice Wednesday due to a sore heel, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Berry inked a six-year deal with the Chiefs in February, and figures to be a heavy contributor on the defense for years to come. The Chiefs have no need to push Berry while he deals with a heel issue, as their priority is to ensure his health entering training camp. Nothing indicates the 28-year-old is looking at anything serious here, so barring any setbacks, he should be on track for a healthy start to the season.
Chiefs' Eric Berry: Signs six-year deal with Chiefs
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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 reportedly hopes to finish his career in Kansas City, but it looks like he'll only return if a long-term agreement is reached.