The Kansas City Chiefs and Eric Berry have been "talking" for quite some time. Those talks likely have a new important point when it comes to Berry's expectations.
Free safety Harrison Smith signed a five-year extension with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. Ian Rapoport has the details:
#Vikings S Harrrison Smith signed a 5-year extension worth $51.25M source said. Full guarantee is $15.278M, total guarantees are $28.578M— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 6, 2016
Assuming the new money average for Harrison Smith's deal is $10.25M per year, there's a new important data point for Eric Berry talks.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) June 6, 2016
The Chiefs were unable to reach a long-term agreement with their star safety before the franchise tag deadline, so right now, Berry would play the 2016 season on a 1-year, $10.806M deal. A new contract would give the Chiefs wiggle room under the salary cap for this season, but would obviously add to the commitments beyond this year.
Interestingly enough, Berry's rookie deal looks a lot like Smith's deal in terms of overall numbers. As the No. 5 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Berry was lucky enough to be a high pick before the new collective bargaining agreement created rookie slot numbers. His first NFL contract was 5-year, $50M and NFL numbers have risen that it will take just over that to keep him for the next five years.
Berry had 61 total tackles, 10 passes defended and 2 interceptions in 2015 for the Chiefs in his first year back from his incredible return from a Hodgkins lymphoma diagnosis.