The Kansas City Chiefs and Eric Berry have been discussing a new long-term contract over the last several weeks that would keep the Pro Bowl safety from hitting the open market. The momentum seemed to suggest something might happen soon. Unfortunately, Rand Getlin of the NFL Network has news that "no significant progress" has been made.
While the #Chiefs and all-pro safety Eric Berry are expected to work on an extension, no significant progress has been made at this point.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 22, 2016
As free agency approaches it's hard to imagine the #Chiefs letting Berry go, but a number teams would love to see him hit the market.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 22, 2016
Of course, this does not mean that significant progress will not be made or that Berry will hit the open market. Two weeks remain before other teams can begin officially communicating with Berry or his agents about any potential free agent contract. Given the previous reports on both sides, it's still likely the Chiefs and Berry are able to work out a deal.
Berry won the AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2015 for his remarkable recovery from Hodgkin's lymphoma. He also made the Pro Bowl, was named an All-Pro, and finished with 55 tackles, 2 interceptions and 10 passes defended in 16 games.