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Sad trombone sound... Not only did the Chiefs and Eric Berry fail to get a long-term deal done, they reportedly agreed on absolutely nothing... after the Kansas City Chiefs (worth over $1.5 Billion according to Forbes) asked Mr. Berry to pay an estimated $2 Million out of pocket for insurance to cover the Chiefs' investment. Good luck PR guys! Great offseason for you. Here's your KC Chiefs news.

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Statement from Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey Regarding Safety Eric Berry from Chiefs.com

"Unfortunately, we were unable to reach a long-term agreement with Eric's representatives before today's deadline. Although both sides would have preferred a different outcome, Eric is a true professional and a tremendous football player, and we know that he will continue to be a leader in our locker room. We look forward to resuming our discussions on a long-term agreement when the negotiating window reopens after the season."

- Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey

NFL Network Projects Jamaal Charles to be a Top Fantasy Contributor in 2016 from Chiefs.com

Analysts unveiled the NFL's all-time leading rusher in yards per carry, running back Jamaal Charles, in the No. 12 spot on their list.

Even after missing most of the 2015 season because of a torn ACL in Week 5, Charles is still recognized as a potential heavy contributor in fantasy production this season.

In his five past healthy seasons, Charles has ran for over 1,000 yards in each, accounting for 61 total touchdowns.

Check out what the analysts had to say:

Chiefs fail to reach deal with Eric Berry before 3 p.m. deadline from The Kansas City Star

It appears that a deal was never particularly close, as a source told The Star that the two sides never agreed on a single component of a deal.

A source also confirmed that during those negotiations, the Chiefs asked Berry to pay for adisability insurance policy that would have named the team as a beneficiary. This isn't unprecedented — a handful of players, like Colin Kaepernick and Joe Staley, have similar agreements — but it isn't necessarily common, either.

Rand Getlin of the NFL Network reported the policy, which was worth roughly $20 million, included a $2 million premium that Berry was expected to pay. Berry balked, and the team withdrew that request, a source confirmed.

No deal between Eric Berry and the Chiefs: a failure for both sides from The Kansas City Star

The deal should've been done, and it should've been done for a thousand reasons, at least six of them strong enough to stand on their own:

Eric Berry should've signed a long-term deal with the Chiefs to guarantee his family (more) generations of wealth, because more than nearly anyone he understands the uncertainty of both life and football.

The Chiefs should've signed Berry to a long-term deal because he is among the best, most important, and most beloved players in an organization that purports to prioritize character and good homegrown players above everything else.

Chiefs don't have long-term deal in place with Eric Berry from Chiefs Digest

In the absence of a multiyear deal, Berry can now only sign the one-year, $10.8 million franchise tag for the 2016 season.

The Chiefs must wait for the end of 2016 regular season to work on a multiyear deal with Berry, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in 2017.

The Chiefs currently have $226,818 in cap space, according to the NFLPA, and that total represents the least amount in the league. A new deal between Berry and the Chiefs before Friday's deadline would have freed up cap space.

With no long-term deal for Eric Berry, Chiefs face dilemma in 2017 from ESPN

Again, the Chiefs love Berry, and they know their fans do, too. His return from cancer to deliver a Pro Bowl season in 2015 was one of the best stories of the season, and his perseverance and performance were surely worth rewarding. But the Chiefs are still running their team and their salary cap for the next few years and have to make sure they stay true to their budget. As much as they love Berry, paying a safety more than $11 million per year doesn't fit their plans.

Now, if Berry has another great year, the Chiefs have a problem. His franchise number next year would be $12.9672 million, so they'd want to do a long-term deal to avoid that. And defensive tackle Dontari Poe is eligible for free agency next year, meaning they might have to use the franchise tag on him.

Veteran safety Eric Berry, Chiefs don't reach long-term deal from ESPN

He was diagnosed in November 2014 with Hodgkin lymphoma, shortly after complaining of tightness in his chest after a game against the Oakland Raiders.

Berry, buoyed by his conditioning sessions even through his chemotherapy treatments, was cleared to return to football by both personal physicians and team doctors shortly before the start of training camp last summer...

...Sources told ESPN's Dan Graziano there were some unusual aspects to the negotiations that had to do with his health situation. The Chiefs tried to put in a $20 million disability policy, and asked Berry to pay the $2 million premium, which Berry didn't like it.

Predicting the MVP in each NFL division from ESPN

Adam Teicher, Kansas City Chiefs reporter: This depends on which team wins the division. If the Broncos win the AFC West, it will be because of their defense, in which case linebacker Von Miller is the MVP. If the Raiders win the division, it will be because they've scored a lot of points, in which case quarterback Derek Carr is the MVP. In Kansas City, it stands to reason the defense will take a step back after losing cornerback Sean Smith and given the uncertainty of linebacker Justin Houston's availability. So if the Chiefs win the division, it will likely be because of their improved offense, and I'll go with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. In the unlikely event the Chargers win the AFC West, the MVP couldn't be anyone other than quarterback Philip Rivers.

Chiefs failed to reach a deal with Eric Berry after asking him to pay for his own disability policy from SB Nation

The Kansas City Chiefs couldn't agree to a long-term deal with Eric Berry by Friday's deadline, meaning the safety will play under the franchise tag this season. Berry will make $10.8 million in 2016. More shocking than a deal not getting done was the Chiefs reportedly asking Berry, who beat cancer last year, to pay for a disability policy that made the team its beneficiary, according to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.

It was reportedly a $20 million policy that would have carried a $2 million premium. The team backed off that demand during talks.

Family sues Kansas City Chiefs over fan's beating death from The Associated Press via WHEC

The Kansas City Star reports the wrongful-death lawsuit was filed Monday in Jackson County on behalf of Kyle Van Winkle's widow and his son, who was just weeks old when Van Winkle died.

Seeking unspecified damages, the lawsuit blames a lack of adequate security in the parking lot at the time Van Winkle was beaten during an altercation.

Study finds Chiefs' fan base ranks 30th best in the NFL from The Kansas City Star

This can't sit well with Chiefs fans, who are being compared with supporters of the Jaguars and, ugh, the Raiders.

A year after a study said the Chiefs fan base was the 27th best in the NFL, the news is even worse this year. Michael Lewis of Emory University recently released his rankings and Chiefs fans slumped to 30th, ahead of only the Raiders and the last-place Jaguars.

That is one spot behind the Rams, whose lack of support forced the franchise to move from St. Louis to Los Angeles.

So what gives?

I witnessed Brock Lesnar's incident with the Chiefs from The Argus Leader

I remembered that I was there that day getting material on Lesnar for an extended piece I was going to write for the Argus Leader the following week. I also wrote a column about the Vikings that was going to appear in the sports section the next day.

When I saw at Deadspin that there was ample evidence suggesting Burleson's account of Lesnar's day was embellished, I was curious about what, if anything, I'd written about it while I was there.

Of note is that Paul Tagliabue, the NFL commissioner at the time, was also in Mankato that day. Here's what I dug up, taken from a column that primarily addressed the Vikings' prospects for that season:

David Shaw: Kevin Hogan should feel at home in Chiefs' offense from NFL.com

No rookie transition to the NFL is easy, particularly at quarterback.

But David Shaw believes Kansas City Chiefs rookie quarterback Kevin Hogan will have about as smooth a transition as he could hope for. The Stanford coach told reporters at Pac-12 Media Days on Friday that his former quarterback will have plenty of familiarity with the club's offense when training camp commences (Chiefs rookies are slated to open camp on July 26).

"I'm so excited for him, for many reasons. Number one, Andy Reid is one of the better quarterback guys in the league. They have a similar scheme," Shaw said in his press conference.

2016 NFL Franchise Tag Buzz: Miller gets $114M deal, Wilkerson signs at deadline from CBS Sports

No deal for Berry, Chiefs

It appears Eric Berry will receive a $10.8 million salary in 2016, all of which counts against Kansas City's cap figure because it's a one-year deal. Rand Getlin of the NFL Network reports that Berry and the Chiefs will not reach a deal. CBS Sports' Joel Corry also notes that Kansas City is last in the NFL in salary cap room with slightly over $225,000 available.

Businesses Prepare for Chiefs Camp from St Joe Channel

While the majority of fans make day-trips to St. Joseph for camp, some spend up to a week in town.

"It's nothing for us to be contacted from California, Florida, Pennsylvania and Tennessee," said Beth Conway with St. Joseph Visitor's Bureau. "They plan for it every year."

Six-percent of people traveled more than 250 miles to St. Joseph for training camp last year, according to a visitor's survey conducted by the Visitor's Bureau.

"We've had many times where we've been contacted at four o'clock in the morning from people driving four or five hours for camp that day and there might be rain in the forecast."

New transportation option to and from Arrowhead Stadium debuts for Kenny Chesney concert from FOX4KC

It's called zTrip. Registered transportation providers, cabs and shuttles, will drive around the metro to pick people up and drop them off at Arrowhead for Saturday's Kenny Chesney concert. The drivers will use an express lane through Gate One, will drop people off at the southeast corner of the stadium, and then pick them up after the show in the same place.

zTrip CEO Bill George said, "There's no fee for the customers coming in, they'll have a direct lane coming out."