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Because of money, the Chiefs will not take Eric Berry 5th overall


Taking Eric Berry 5th in the draft would automatically make him the highest paid safety in the NFL, with a salary 50% higher than the franchise designation for safeties (see details of this after the jump).  If you look at the 4th, 5th, and 6th picks in last year's draft, you see that the 5th pick will earn approximately $8-10 million per year.  Yet, the highest paid safeties in the league make around $7.5 million (see details after the jump). 

Given that Pioli pays close attention to value, he is highly unlikely to spend a disproportionate amount of cap on an over-paid safety.  This leads me to believe the Chiefs will select an offensive left tackle, probably Bryan Bulaga.  Only an outside linebacker or defensive end (i.e., a passrusher) warrants a different selection, but I can't imagine a player at either of those positions warranting the choice.

2009 4th pick - OLB Aaron Curry, 6-yr, $60 million, $34 million guaranteed ($10 million average)

2009 5th pick - QB Mark Sanchez, 5-yr $60 million, $28 million guaranteed ($12 million average)

2009 6th pick - LOT Andre Smith, 6-yr $42 million, $29.5 million guaranteed ($7 million average)

 

Ed Reed's latest contract, 6-yr, $44.4 million ($7.4 million average)

Troy Polamalu's latest contract, 4-yr, $30.2 million ($7.6 million average)

Antrell Role's latest contract, 5-yr, $37 million ($7.4 million average)

 

Franchise tag values by position 

Position

Value*

Quarterback

$16.405 million

Defensive end

$12.398 million

Offensive line+

$10.731 million

Linebacker

$9.680 million

Cornerback

$9.566 million

Receiver

$9.521 million

Running back

$8.156 million

Defensive tackle

$7.003 million

Safety

$6.455 million

Tight end

$5.908 million

Kicker

$2.814 million

* Average of top five highest-paid players.
+ Top five are all left tackles.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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