The floor for Eric Berry has been set.
On Monday, the Philadelphia Eagles officially signed defensive back Malcolm Jenkins to a four-year extension worth $35 million with $21 million guaranteed.
Pro Football Focus called Jenkins the best safety in football in 2015 and even made the Pro Bowl for the first time. Despite his lack of stardom, Jenkins has been a very reliable defensive back for both the Eagles and New Orleans Saints since he was taken in the first round in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Given that Jenkins had one more year before hitting free agency, the Eagles held a bit more leverage than the Chiefs hold now. That's why Jenkins' deal likely sets the floor for general manager John Dorsey as he continues to negotiate a potential contract with Berry's camp.
It should be noted that Berry's rookie deal already set his average value as the fourth highest for a safety in the NFL at $8.34 million. Last March, the New England Patriots inked Devin McCourty to a five-year, $47.5 million contract. It also included the most guaranteed money given to a safety at $28.5 million. Earl Thomas has the highest per year average at $10 million after signing his four-year, $40 million extension with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014.
The Chiefs are likely going to head north of $9 million per year to keep Berry in house after such an incredible return to form.