July 15 is the franchise tag deadline day. That’s the deadline for teams to reach long-term contract agreements with their franchise tagged players, which includes Eric Berry and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Around here, we’ve been pretty optimistic that something will happen. Not only because Berry is a great player but also because the Chiefs have no cap space and a Berry deal would give them more. So I would guess that the Chiefs are planning on getting something done with him.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler recapped a SportsCenter segment in which some of these tagged players were discussed, including Berry.
Eric Berry has reasonable chance to become highest-paid safety. Berry knows he has one chance at this and has eyes set on a big number. He would need to surpass Harrison's Smith five-year, $51.25-million deal, but that's feasible at this point. The market is set for him. The Chiefs quietly do work behind the scenes. Of all the franchise-tagged players, Berry's path to long-term deal could be the smoothest.
I don’t think this is big news - we kinda knew this - but I would completely agree with it. You don’t see the in-fighting going on like you do with Von Miller. It just makes sooo much sense for these two to reach an agreement. Berry, for his part, has a pretty strong case that he should be the highest-paid safety or close to it.